Sample of "Concerto" with Catherine Evison (alto saxophone) from the National Saxophone Choir album, "Sax to the Max!".

Saxophone Concerto

A substantial and exciting new addition to the repertoire.
Payne, Richard
Solo Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
10 minutes
8, 9



This concerto runs as one continuous piece but with a three-movement plan: Fast – Slow – Fast.

After an introduction and saxophone cadenza, the first main theme is introduced. Three principal motifs feature in the first movement, and are subsequently developed throughout the Concerto, binding the three movements together. The first movement has an energetic but melodic character, the second a mood of tranquility, and the third and final movement is distinctive for its pulsating rhythmic drive. A coda section ends the piece, using material from all three movements, modified to deliver a climactic finish.

A piano reduction of this orchestral version is also available, suitable both for rehearsal purposes, and for performance in its own right.

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:

Solo Alto Saxophone
Flutes 1 & 2
Oboes 1 & 2
Cor Anglais
Clarinet 1 & 2 in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Bassoons 1 & 2
Horns 1 & 2 in F
Horns 3 & 4 in F
Trumpets 1 & 2 in Bb
Trombones 1 & 2
Bass Trombone & Tuba
Percussion, 4 players (Celesta, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, tubular bells, snare drum, bass drum, wood blocks, suspended cymbal, triangle, tambourine, cymbals)
Violin 1
Violin 2
Double Bass

“Saxophone Concerto” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.


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