Contemporary, Funk, World/Ethnic
An original work for saxophone, originally for sopranino saxophone and piano, inspired by Cantonese Opera plays.
Wood, Nigel
Bb or Eb Sax & Piano
6 minutes



Nigel Wood and Hong Kong saxophonist Kevin Ling have been involved in numerous musical collaborations in the UK and Hong Kong.  In 2011, Kevin commissioned Nigel to write a new work for the less common combination of sopranino saxophone and piano, and this piece is the result of that commission.

The title “Man-Mou” was inspired by the two types of Cantonese Opera plays. “Mou” plays emphasise war, conflict and strife. In contrast, “Man” plays tend to be gentler, more elegant and poetic. “Man-Mou'” is not intended to be programmatic or imitative of Cantonese Opera, rather an evocation of the myriad of musical styles and instruments (both Western and Eastern) that have influenced Cantonese music.

The ornaments are only suggestions, allowing the performer to embellish in a quasi improvisatory style. After a brief introduction, the main theme (Man), a coquettish, lyrical melody follows. This evolves into a more tense, jazz/funk section (Mou). A restorative calm leads to a peaceful ending. Although originally intended for the sopranino sax, Nigel also created a Bb saxophone part, allowing this piece to be played successfully on any saxophone.

“Man-Mou”was premièred at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress.

The E-Edition PDF bundle includes Bb and Eb saxophone parts, piano accompaniment and an MP3 play-along practice track.

“Man-Mou” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.

1 review for Man-Mou

  1. tom.saxtet

    Hallo! Ich habe Man Mou für Solo und Klavier gekauft und sofort mit dem üben angefangen! Der Download und das Ausdrucken hat super funktioniert! Ich kann diese Seite nur weiterempfehlen und werde bestimmt wieder etwas kaufen! Gruß aus Deutschland. “Hello! I bought Man Mou for solo and piano and started practicing right away! The download and printing worked great! I can only recommend this page and will definitely buy something again! Greetings from Germany.”
    Andre Müller, 5/2/2020

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