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Classical Luciano Berio

altissimo

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to paraphrase the Fast Show - this week I have mostly been listening to contemporary classical saxophone...

Since the Stockhausen pieces generated such a positive response, here's some solo sax compositions by Luciano Berio

First we have Sequenza IXb (1981) -
"Sequenza IXb is a transcription for contralto saxophone of Sequenza IX for clarinet, written in 1980. It is essentially a long melody implying, like almost every melody, redundancy, symmetries, transformations and returns. Sequenza IX is also a “sequence” of instrumental gestures developing a constant transformation between two different harmonic fields: a seven-note one (F sharp, C, C sharp, E, G, B flat and B natural) appearing always in the same register, and a five-note one appearing in ever-different registers. The latter penetrates, modifies and comments on the harmonic functions of the first seven-note field."


who could resist a youtube channel called Adolphe Sax TV?
 
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altissimo

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.. and second we have Sequenza VIIb (1969) -
"Sequenza VIIb could be perceived as a variation on one note, B natural. This pitch sounds quietly through the whole piece from another instrument or synthesizer in order to "lend a weak echo to the solo instrument." From the starting pitch, B, an almost complete chromatic register is gradually introduced. The backbone of the work lies in enharmonic fingerings, multiphonics, articulation, and dynamics."

[video=vimeo;43210100]http://vimeo.com/43210100[/video]

if you have problems viewing embedded Vimeo videos on your browser (IE9), here's the link - http://vimeo.com/43210100

there's a version for 8 saxophones here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6rhIYmv0uA

for those of you who don't like this kind of thing, I recommend this - http://cafesaxophone.com/showthread.php?444-King-Curtis
or you could just look up the kind of stuff you like on youtube and start a new thread.
 

BigMartin

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Thanks again for the clips. But the second one raises the question: why do so many soprano sax players have such terrible posture? That guy looks really uncomfortable!
 

altissimo

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I'd be uncomfortable if I had to sight read that stuff.. maybe he's bending forwards so he can see the sheet music clearly and not bang the bell of his instrument on the music stand
 
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