Vier Elemente und Fuge
Deutsches Saxophon Ensemble gewidmet
had a message from a saxophonist Michael Ruf inquiring whether I had
interest in composing for the instrument, and this is my response. The
Deutsches Saxophon Ensemble ensemble plays a broad repertoire, classically
based. This quartet for them is written for
soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax (with the A key for the bottom C2).
The at-pitch instrumental ranges are as follow.
opening is a set of simple recitative-like statements as a prolonged upbeat
the measure 4 and the rondo theme's first statement.
close harmony moment like unto popular arranging for voices lies over the
tonic C with lower neighbors decorating.
set of parallel half-diminished sevenths darken the mood for a moment and
draw away from the tonic into a distant tonal region, pending return of the
Another break from the short rondo theme comes with a quixotic waltz, the
baritone's line hinting at a possible 6/8 division of the bar which remains
unrealized. The tenor takes up the waltz theme for a moment, and then the
rondo theme returns for its traditional cadence for this form.
answer to the rondo, this jig fugue romps through the tonic major's harmonic
scheme, supported by an accompanying voice, before striking out to the
dominant and thence to more distant harmonic colors. A short coda ends the
work of approximately 6' in length.
Circa 6' 30" -- MP3 Demo
The transposed score and parts are as free PDF downloads, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score and
the parts for
this saxophone quartet.