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Diversion composed by Bernhard Heiden (1910-2000). For Alto Saxophone, Piano Reduction
Reduced from Alto Saxophone Solo with Wind Ensemble.. Piano Score and Solo Part. Duration 7 minutes. Published by MMB Music Inc (MU.S151008).

Revised in 1984. "Thanks! This was a terrific experience for us! A great solo and an interesting and playable accompaniment. My high school students played it with two rehearsals! Thanks Again"-Gregg Gibb, Huntington Beach High School
Recorded by Eugene Rousseau, Winds of Indiana, Frederick Fennell, Delos 3188. Recorded by Kenneth Fischer, Arizona University Recordings AUR CD 3113.
Recorded by W.T. Woodson Symphonic Band, Emery Recordings W359.
Recorded by Kenneth Fischer and Richard Zimdars, ACA CM20003-3 CASS and CD.
Recorded by Wright State University, Soundwaves Recording, CD SW020214. Diversion for Alto Saxophone and Band was composed while Mr. Heiden served with the 445th Army Service Forces Band during World War II. He received his MA in musicology from Cornell University in 1946 and in the same year joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music where he served as Professor of Music and longtime Chairman of the Composition Department until his retirement in 1981. Diversion is delightful music with tuneful melodies, beautifully expressive and just plain fun. The scoring is wonderfully transparent allowing the audience to easily enjoy the musical interplay between the soloist and the band.
(IU program notes, 4/22/88).

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  • 4

    Austin, TX
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  • January 05, 2009 Diversions-Excellent Programming

    This piece is fast becoming a staple of the repertoire. It is accessible by advanced high school saxophonists, college music majors, and works well on a recital for a professional.

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  • April 20, 2008 Awesome showcase piece!

    Heiden's Diversion is a joy to perform, and is certainly an avenue to showcase any saxophonist's skills!

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