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In Search Of...The Wild Saxamuhphones

By Matthew Schoendorff

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Saxophone Quartet Saxophone Quartet (SATB) - Grade 5
Composed by Matthew Schoendorff. Full Score and Set of Parts. Published by Advance Music (AV.7618).

Item Number: AV.7618

5-movement suite. Duration: appr. 10.00 min. One of a composer's most difficult tasks is to write for an instrument that carries as much connotation as the saxophone. The mere mention of its name makes cliches almost unavoidable. To that end, writing for the saxophone can be full of frustration. After wrestling with cliches for far too long, I eventually began to embrace them. My search for what to do with four saxophones became a series of short sketch-like movements that employed the use of common saxophone connotative qualities. However, during the writing process, I began to feel that I was taming each cliche to the point of caricature. Each movement of "In Search of & The Wild Saxamuhphones" is an outgrowth of my own impressions of the saxophone both as a musical instrument and as a quasi-pop icon. (Matthew Schoendorff).

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