Essay on Silent Night for saxophone quartet

SM-000230315
Composer
Nick Raspa
Publisher
Nick Raspa
Genre
Classical / Chamber music
Instrumentation
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Key
C major
Duration
4'30"
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
1998

Description
Essay on Silent Night was commissioned as a string quartet by Dr. Karl Moyer, music director for Grace Lutheran Church, for performance during the candle lighting ceremony at mid-night mass in Lancaster Pa. This version is for saxophone quartet. The piece is based on the original hymn, Silent Night, by Franz Gruber. The opening section is developed from the same rhythmic opening as the original hymn (dotted quarter, eighth, quarter). The second section is set in common time and is heavily contrapuntal with the theme being passed back and forth between all the instruments as the section develops. There is a return to the opening section before concluding with a coda. The coda was originally written to act as a segue for the congregation to sing the original hymn following the performance of this piece. The tempo is quarter = 96 and the total duration of the work is 4' 30". The score and all four parts are included.

Upload date: 06 Aug 2015
Sheet music file
19.95 USD
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