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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

Saxophone Quartet (1994),
commissioned by the Apollo Saxophone Quartet
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
1994
Chorus
4sx (SATBar)
Orchestration
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Programme Note
Richard Rodney Bennett Saxophone Quartet (1994),
I have always been familiar with the use of the saxophone in jazz, but it was not until I wrote the music for BBC television's Television Is the Night that I thought about using the instrument in a more classical context. I was lucky enough to have the important solo saxophone part in that score played by John Harles; from then on my attitude to the saxophone changed entirely. John commissioned my Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (premiered at the Purcell Room with duo partner John Lenehan on 23 November 1988); this was followed by some sketches for this Saxophone Quartet, and then by the Alto Saxophone Concerto, written between July and September 1988.

The (tenor saxophone) Concerto for Stan Gatz followed, written at that player's instigation but premiered in his memory by John Harle in the 1992 Proms, before I returned to the Saxophone Quartet.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 25 SEP 2014
    Bad Ems, Germany
    Simply Reed
  • 08 JUL 2011
    Cheltenham Festival 2011
    Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham
    Flotilla
  • 28 AUG 2009
    Presteigne Festival
    St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, Walws
    Zephirus Saxophone Quartet
  • 19 MAY 2006
    Bury St Edmunds Festival 2006
    Bury St Edmunds, UK
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet
  • 26 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    The Sage Gateshead
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet
  • 22 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Huddersfield University Wind Orchestra
    Philip McCann, conductor
  • 15 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    Swinburne Hall, Colchester Institute
    Zephirus Saxophone Quartet
  • 09 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet
  • 03 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    University of Surrey, Guildford
    Delta Saxophone Quartet
  • 10 JAN 2006
    Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series 2006
    Purcell Room, London
    Veya Saxophone Quartet
  • 02 NOV 2001
    Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet

    Other Dates:
    4 November - Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • 26 OCT 2001
    Old Town Hall, Hemel Hampstead
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet

    Other Dates:
    27 October - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
    31 October - Ocean, London
  • 26 OCT 2001
    Old Town Hall, Hemel Hampstead
    Apollo Saxophone Quartet

    Other Dates:
    27 October - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford
    31 October - Ocean, London

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