Composer’s note: “Paradise Circus” is a large roundabout right in the middle of Birmingham city centre. The piece should sound at times like traffic churning mindlessly round and round. I have tried to create a strong element of circus music, which helps to accomplish an intended element of craziness. The melodies can be interpreted rather freely by adding jazz like ornaments.
Paradise Circus is also available for saxophone ensemble under the name “Paradise Circus Maximus”.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
“Paradise Circus” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
Paradise Circus is a challenging quartet with strong rhythmic drive throughout. All four saxophones have interesting parts and opportunities to take the lead. The individual emphasis is on tight rhythmic and technical control and once the individual parts have been mastered it is relatively straightforward to put together. About grade 8.
Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine, Winter 1999