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Saxophone Quartet - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Craig Wadley. 21st Century, Impressionistic, Minimalism, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 51 pages. Published by Wadley Publications (S0.208887).

Item Number: S0.208887

While Watercolors is primarily a study inminimalistic techniques, each movement also presents an impression of a sceneor thought which is expressed in the title of that movement. 

Cobalt Nymphis a portrait of water nymphs from mythology, often found playing gleefullynear open bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, or even the ocean. The musicreflects their inexhaustible energy and their eccentric (even chaotic)behavior. 

Midnight Mistis a musical exploration of the mysteries to be found in the dark corners ofconsciousness. The music conjures images of oceanside lighthouses or dark, dampforests shrouded in gloomy tendrils of impenetrable fog.  What might be lurking in the shadows?

Azure Spray depicts the motion of the tides, musically coursingover the rise and fall of great ocean swells. Sailors in a magnificent Clipper glide at breakneck speed over the deepblue sea, while dolphins revel in the thrill of racing alongside.



Jazzinterpretations of certain articulations are intended within the first andthird movements.

•A single staccato marking does not imply separationfrom the preceding (non-staccato) note; it is merely a shortened (perhaps“clipped”) note. Tongue-stopping may be used, but only lightly.

•Rooftop accents are not only very heavy, but short aswell.  A rooftop paired with a staccatoindicates a short, hard accent terminated by a heavy tongue-stop.

•In the second movement, there should be no sense oftime or metrical pulse.  Rhythmic figuresin the latter half of the movement should float freely.  These repeated notes should be clearlydiscernible to the listener while remaining extremely legato (even whenaccented).

•Either “classical” or “jazz” tone qualities could beappropriate for each of the three movements (at the discretion of the musicaldirector), but should remain consistent between voices throughout the entiretyof each movement. 


Performances of Note

Composed in thespring of 2001, Watercolors premiered at the North American SaxophoneAlliance (N.A.S.A.) convention in March of 2002, performed by the University ofCentral Arkansas Saxophone Quartet under the direction of Dr. JackieLamar.  Also in March of 2002, Watercolorswas featured in the Imagine Festival of New Music at the Universityof Memphis, where it was performed by the Memphis Saxophone Quartet.  The Arkansas Saxophone Quartet incorporated Watercolors as part of their 2016-2017repertoire, including a performance at the 2016 N.A.S.A. conference.

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