“The Lone Ar-ranger” was originally written for recorders and piano, before appearing, some years later, on SibeliusMusic (formerly Scorch Music) in a setting for piano duet. Since then it has spawned a number of different versions, for wind band, brass band, light orchestra, saxophone ensemble, sax trio, and of course this version for sax quartet.
It’s a fun potpourri of familiar tunes which flash by, often tantalisingly quickly, based on the finale of the “William Tell” Overture. For those young enough not to appreciate the title, Rossini’s music was used as the signature tune for “The Lone Ranger”, one of the first Westerns to hit TV back in the early 1950s!
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)
“The Lone Ar-ranger Goes Sax Mad!” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
This piece is a witty masterpiece. It features over 20 well-known tunes woven together in virtuosic mayhem. It is based on the William Tell Overture which was used as the theme tune for the TV series The Lone Ranger.
Gerard McChrystal – Clarinet & Saxophone, Summer 2006
Have recently purchased The Lone Ar-ranger Goes Sax Mad & my quartet at school absolutely love it! It’s the right combination of challenging and fun & they’ve never been so focussed in rehearsals. Will definitely be purchasing more Saxtet publications!
Emma Bolton, 18/1/19