The arranger had been searching for some time to find suitable baroque material to transcribe for the tenor saxophone. He was delighted to discover that the viola da gamba has virtually the same range, thereby opening up a potentially large new repertoire. This is particularly welcome given the scarcity of music which explores the tenor’s special qualities. As with all music from the period, any dynamics, articulation and ornaments are only suggestions and therefore can be left to the player’s discretion.
The E-Edition PDF bundle includes a Bb saxophone part and piano accompaniment.
- 1st movement – Adagio
- 2nd movement – Allegro
- 3rd movement – Andante
- 4th movement – Allegro
“Sonata da Gamba – 2nd movement” is included in the following exam syllabi:
TCL Saxophone – Grade 7 (Bb only) – valid from November 2022
Please check the latest exam syllabi for updates and amendments.
“Sonata da Gamba” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
Four contrasting movements transcribed from the eloquent Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D minor. The arranger had been searching for suitable baroque material to transcribe for tenor and was delighted to discover the viola da gamba has virtually the same range – a wonderful opportunity to bring this music to a whole new audience.
Music News, Wood Wind & Reed, May 2002