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Dialogues, for alto sax and electric guitar

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By Paul SanGregory

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Alto saxophone and electric guitar - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Paul SanGregory. 21st Century. Score. 18 pages. Published by Distant Engraver Music (S0.632217).

Item Number: S0.632217

Elements of this music can be traced to jazz, blues and classical music, but it’s not really crossover or fusion. It doesn’t sound like “jazzy classical” music and it certainly isn’t jazz hoping to be serious or grandiose. Its seemingly disparate impulses blend logically into a work that feels natural on its own terms. So when the saxophone plays syncopated melodies or bent pitches, it just sounds like the right thing to do. Similarly, though the inspiration for certain guitar sounds and effects came from electric-based fusion or more serious-minded rock music, those influences are probably not obvious. Of course, guitarists will bring some of their own concepts and experience into their sounds, too, but general guidelines are given on the score.  

The three movements of this piece are:

I - Not Too Blue
Jazz-like syncopation and blues-inflected melodies create non-traditional phrases that are accompanied by pure triads used in non-tonal ways.

II - Searching
The ideal reverb/delay settings here will extend guitar notes into a natural-sounding sustaining texture. A slow saxophone melody then weaves into the texture, often using expressively bent pitches that should often hang ‘out of tune’.
III - Pulsing the Void
A digital delay is used to create rhythmic, yet chaotic textures over which the saxophone plays. Later, the sax and guitar engage in fast canons and rhythmic exchanges.

A short description of each movement can also be read at the following link:

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