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Scores Saxophone Quartet Grade 5 to 8

Title
Author
Set
Prices
Pénélope & Le Bistrot - Quatuor de Saxophones - BRASSENS G.

Pénélope & Le Bistrot (Saxophone Quartet)

Georges Brassens

Quatuor de Saxophones

9.90€

On the clouds - Quatuor de Saxophones - VEYS A.

On The Clouds

Adrien Veys

Quatuor Saxophone

7.90€

Sérénade KV 361 - Quatuor de saxophones - MOZART W. A.

Serenade No. 10 (Saxophone Quartet)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Quatuor de saxophones

4.90€

La Fille aux Cheveux de lin - Quatuor Saxophones - DEBUSSY C.

La Fille aux cheveux de lin

Claude Debussy

Quatuor de Saxophones

4.90€

Laideronnette - Ensemble Percussions - RAVEL M.

Laideronnette

Maurice Ravel

Ensemble de Percussions

9.90€

Je te veux - Quatuor de Saxophones - SATIE E.

Je te veux (Saxophones)

Erik Satie

Quatuor Saxophones

7.90€

Plaisir d'Amour - Quatuor de Saxophones - MARTINI J-P-E

Plaisir d'Amour (Saxophone Quartet)

Jean-Paul Égide Martini

Quatuor de saxophones

7.90€

Tambourin - Ensemble variable - RAMEAU J. P.

Tambourin

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Quatuor de Saxophones

7.90€

La Belle et le Blues - Quatuor de Saxophones - BOLLING C.

La Belle et le Blues (Saxophone Quartet)

Claude Bolling

Quatuor de Saxophones

7.90€

The Muppet Show - Ensemble de Saxophones - HENSON J.

The Muppet Show (Saxophone ensemble)

Jim Henson

Ensemble de Saxophones

9.90€


A saxophone quartet is an ensemble composed of four saxophones, typically soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. Different members of the saxophone family are used to provide a wider range and variety of tonal colors.

The saxophone was developed in 1840 by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian flutist and clarinetist based in Brussels. Sax made considerable efforts to popularize the instrument, but was opposed by his fellow instrument makers of the time. Although originally conceived as an orchestral instrument, it was through military music that the instrument first experienced significant growth. The composer Jean-Baptiste Singelee wrote scores for four saxophones in the 19th century. These include the Allegro de concert (AATB), the Quatuor en 4 Parties (SATB) and the Grand Quatuor Concertant en 3 Parties (SATB). In 1878, the Gilmour Band featured a saxophone quartet with Edouard Lefèbre as soloist. In 1905, Lefèbre formed his own saxophone quartet with a repertoire of transcriptions.

Marcel Mule, who was the second saxophone teacher at the Paris Conservatoire after Adolphe Sax himself. In 1928, he founded the Quatuor de la Musique de la Garde Républicaine, later known as the Quatuor de saxophones de Paris, then the Marcel Mule Quartet. The founding members were:

Many works for saxophone quartet that are now part of the standard repertoire were written for this ensemble. Mule himself also arranged works for this ensemble.

Daniel Deffayet was a pupil of Marcel Mule and later a saxophone teacher at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1953, he founded the "SaxophoneQuartet Daniel Deffayet".

Jean-Yves Fourmeau formed his own quartet in 1979. These ensembles have made a significant contribution to the expansion of the repertoire through their work with composers. Among the renowned composers who have written scores for the quartets are Phil Woods, Alexander Glazunov, Eugene Bozza, Philip Glass and others. Since the 1970s, jazz quartets have begun to emerge, expanding the scope of the ensemble and the idiom of the repertoire.

Saxophone quartets abound in amateur, professional and university ensembles. The last World Saxophone Congress in 2015 held a competition specifically for saxophone quartets with a first prize of 4000 euros and a recital, won by the Keuris Saxophone Quartet.

While the SATB remains the most common classical configuration, the soprano is sometimes replaced by another alto, leading to an AATB configuration, especially in jazz and contemporary ensembles. Other configurations exist, notably the Four Baritones Quartet.

Our PDF scores for Saxophone Quartet are published with the 4-part conductor as well as the separate parts. One of the best-selling pieces for 3e cycle is Richard Galliano's "Tango pour Claude" in tribute to Claude Nougaro.

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