From the composer: “Sax In The City” started out as a piece called “Salsa para Lauren”.
It was written to illustrate the salsa genre to an outstanding pupil who needed some help in understanding compositional technique. It was later noticed that the Montuno section between letters A and B bore a passing resemblance to the signature tune from a certain TV series and so it was decided to change the name with a view to publishing the piece as a saxophone quartet. Following the success of this sax quartet version, I was asked to arrange “Sax In The City” for sax & piano. My top tips for performing “Sax in the City” are:
- Lower saxes be careful not to overpower the soprano when it has the melodic theme (Letters B, D, H and J) – a definite sotto voce is called for here.
- Make sure that even quavers are used throughout (straight 8s) and that all articulations are accurately played especially staccatos and tenutos: this is very important in this style of music.
- The 32 bar solo at letter F can be played by the alto or tenor player. The written solo is only an example realisation of the chord sequence, feel free to experiment.
- Have fun!
“Sax in the City” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
Soprano Saxophone (alternative to Alto Saxophone 1)
Alto Saxophone 2
Alto Saxophone 1 (alternative to Soprano Saxophone)
I love this wee piece. Its infectious Latin groove stayed with me for hours after playing through it. It is very well written and can be augmented with more players like Gavin Whitlock’s ‘Celtic Suite’. It is about grade seven standard and sounds more complex than it really is, which is a tribute to the composer. It is a complete winner with audiences and is a must-buy.
Gerard McChrystal – Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, Summer 2006