Title changed to Octet as we have now found another sop player to join us
We had a good session yesterday though were missing @chadders and @nickh hopefully we will all make it in March. I need to play longer at home as my embouchure was very tired towards the end yesterday.
I have acquired a reputation for providing music with 'interesting' time signatures such as 4/2 and 3/2. Nothing like being asked to count in minims instead of crotchets (half notes instead of quarter notes).
In orchestra last night, we sight read the Brahms Serenade #1 in D, first movement. The challenge here is it's in 2/2 but in one section the cellos are playing triplet minims on beat 3 tied to beat 1 of next bar then a triplet minim rest...
I dished out a lot of sight reading yesterday, much of it in 4/2... We looked at one of @nigeld arrangements - the Parsons' Ave Maria and the madrigal 'April is in my mistress' face'.
You may ask why I get people to play some renaissance polyphony in a sax group? Well, apart from liking some of the music... there are some good pedagogic reasons. Unlike 'modern' music which is mostly a tune with accompaniment, polyphony means that each line is independent and 'vertical' harmonic alignments are infrequent and less obvious: in other words counting to get accurate rhythm, and listening to what's going on around you, are very important!
We do 'normal' stuff as well...
The guys did very well.
The challenge I find is finding music for SATB that's accessible.