Saxtet Publications
catalogue > sax and piano > cries of the stentor

Cries of the Stentor

saxophone & piano edition

Genre: Contemporary


Wow! This is a challenge to any saxophone player. This piece a real showcase for the capabilities of the soprano saxophone. Nigel Wood is probably a saxophone virtuoso himself, and his writing shows that knows his instrument intimately. The arpeggios in the cadenza are very impressive to any listener, but these runs are possible to execute if you know a little about alterative fingerings on the instrument. The interplay between piano and saxophone is well balanced, but very busy, and at a certain point (I don't know where) I would have appreciated a more cantabile-like section. This is, however, my own, subjective reaction, and I must say that I'm very impressed. This is also very passionate music that goes beyond the virtuoso showpiece.
Harald Gundhus, Scorch reviewer

John Barker is an astonishingly accomplished saxophonist. Whether on alto or soprano, there appears to be no limit to his technique. He and Timothy Sidford were the stars of the evening, in turn charming and alarming in Nigel Wood's Cries of the Stentor and suave and sophisticated in Roger Boutry's Divertimento.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, Sunday 26 September 2004

A beautifully written and deeply-felt work. Both the soprano saxophone and piano writing are fully idiomatic (I am trusting the composer here as to the technical demands made on the former). Clearly not a work for the faint-hearted, but for those blessed with the necessary stamina and interpretative skills this would be a winner!
James Dickenson, Scorch reviewer

Cries of the Stentor is a substantial composition and can also be played on tenor or flute if wished. The leaping theme at the start is developed in various ways throughout the piece, with some virtuosic writing in places. A good work, which should become standard repertoire.
Clarinet & Saxophone Society Magazine, Spring 1995

I happened upon this score randomly. Wow! I love it. The only thing I wondered about was the length of the music after the cadenza. Must have been some pretty hot players that premiered this!
Daniel Birns, Scorch Reviewer

Pianist's perspective: This piece is a well-balanced partnership between piano and saxophone. The two instruments start by echoing one another, and as the piece progresses they take turns at accompanying, playing solo and sometimes playing 'against' each other, setting up interesting counter-rhythms. As a pianist I can report that the piano part lies very well under the fingers, despite its apparent complexity. I really enjoyed not being relegated to playing the supporting role. It's a challenging and rewarding work, both to play and to listen to.
Daniella Acker, Scorch reviewer

Submit Your Own Review

If you have any comments on this item that you would like to share, please fill in your review below:

Which letter in the Saxtet Publications logo at the top of the page looks like a saxophone?
Cat Ref:
In stock
View in UK EU US