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Saxophone Concerto

saxophone & piano edition

Composed by: Richard Payne
Genre: Contemporary


A substantial and exciting new addition to the repertoire. This piano reduction is very useful for rehearsal purposes or for performance in its own right. It is one continuous piece but with the usual three movement plan: the first movement has an energetic but melodic character, the second - a mood of tranquillity, followed by the third with its pulsating rhythmic drive. (Grade 8)
Music News, Wood Wind & Reed, May 2002

I like this piece because it's fun to play and is unpretentious. It is virtuosic, being at least grade eight standard as well as being witty and quite tricky to play. It is perfect for music college exams. It is certainly in a lighter style but so are Ronald Binge and Eric Coates. Unlike some transcriptions like Glazunov, which is dire for sax and piano, this one actually works. It is in one movement but does have several different sections. I would encourage saxos to play the orchestral version if they get a chance because it is very entertaining calling-card for the instrument.
Gerard McChrystal - Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, Summer 2006

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