This elegant, versatile arrangement of the Allemande from Handel’s piano suite no. 8 in F minor is ideally suited for soprano, alto and baritone saxophones.
However, alternative parts are provided to allow players to use the following combinations: SAB, SAT, AAT, AAB.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
Soprano Saxophone (alternative to Alto Saxophone 2)
Alto Saxophone 1
Baritone Saxophone (alternative to Tenor Saxophone)
Alto Saxophone 2 (alternative to Soprano Saxophone)
Tenor Saxophone (alternative to Baritone Saxophone)
“Allemande” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
This arrangement can be played by many configurations of soprano, alto, tenor or baritone and is of intermediate difficulty. The contrapuntal and canonic nature of Handel’s compositions makes this trio a great piece to work on ensemble interaction, phrasing, articulation and matching each other as a unit. The dynamics are not entirely true to baroque music, with gradation of tone throughout most phrases. However, this allows the group to develop their dynamic control together and the editor’s note does state it can be played at the performer’s discretion. Players would need to be at least grade five standard to tackle this arrangement, in which I am sure they will find many corners to improve and enjoy.
Sarah Heard, CASS Autumn 2012