Schwarzer Tänzer

A robust and rhythmic dance piece laced with bittersweet harmonies. A Germanic fusion of Weill and oompah band with a touch of cabaret.
Wood, Nigel
SAATB W/Violin S replacement
5 minutes



From the composer: This was written for Christopher Boatwright, a principal male dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet – one of the first black dancers to achieve recognition at this level in Germany. Much to his frustration, media coverage of his performances focused on his colour rather than his talent. When he wanted a piece of music that could be choreographed, I avoided ethnic music clichés (despite the title, which means “black dancer”) and went for a Germanic fusion of Weill and oompah band.
This sax and piano version is the original one. While my sax quintet “Saxtet” was busking in Germany I re-arranged it for saxophone quintet which was eventually recorded on the “Safer Sax” album. Its popularity led to its regular inclusion in concert programmes and its performance at the World Saxophone Congress in Italy in 1992.
Although Schwarzer Tänzer has been musically performed many times, the dancer’s untimely death means that it remains undanced.

This specially commissioned arrangement for violin & saxophone quartet is based on the saxophone quintet version, with the violin replacing the original soprano saxophone line. The edition also comes with the original soprano saxophone part, so can be played by saxophone quintets, no strings!

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

Standard parts
Violin (alternative to Soprano Saxophone)
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 2)
Tenor Saxophone 1
Baritone Saxophone

Alternative parts
Soprano Saxophone (alternative to Violin)
Tenor Saxophone 2 (alternative to Alto Saxophone 2)

“Schwarzer Tänzer” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.


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