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Three words too many for alto saxophone and guitar

By David Warin Solomons

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Saxophone, Guitar - Early Intermediate
Composed by David Warin Solomons (1953-). 20th Century, Repertoire, General Instructional, Secular. Score, Set of Parts. 9 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.22024).

Item Number: S0.22024

Three words too many ("say it in words and you cheat, you cheat the indefinable").This was originally a song, which I wrote back in my tender years (also available on this site for alto and guitar), but it also works equally well as an instrumental piece.I have therefore also provided versions on this site for guitar with: flute alto saxophone French horn English horn (cor anglais) clarinet oboe violin.After a gentle introductory major chord arpeggio, the tension of the piece comes into play from the third bar where the melody line holds and repeats an augmented 4th suspension above the guitar. This note then returns as the arpeggio chords change underneath to reveal it as a minor third of a chord related by three degrees of separation from the original - C major to E flat minor.The harmonies and melody continue to sway in their relations in a curious and yet logical progression.I have provided score and parts and also a separate version of the guitar part which provides chord names and fretboard symbols; this would make it useful for educational purposes.The sound sample is an electronic preview.

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