Arrangements for saxophone ensemble
Everybody knows this 14th century English tune. Alain Crepin proposed to AIAS to include it in the 2006 gathering after he had made an arrangement that proved his gifts as a counterpoint expert. The well-known tune alternates with short original extracts quite in the same style as that of the secular melody. Each instrumental group comes to the fore and this arrangement engenders an atmosphere that reveals the charm and mellow sounds of the saxophone
Almost everybody has been entertained by Louis De Funès’ drolleries. The film series “Gendarmes” also included the famous tune that everybody recognizes and wants to whistle as well. The saxophones have the necessary humor to give this music a happy touch.
Sydney Bechet has definitely contributed to the popularization of the soprano saxophone. In this arrangement written for the 2006 saxophone gathering in Dinant, the main theme travels from the alto saxophone to the tenor saxophone, whereas the soprano saxophone replies in the form of an improvisation.
In his opera “Prince Igor”, Borodin adapted very skillfully several Russian folk songs. The extract that has been arranged for saxophone ensemble reflects quite faithfully the profoundness of the Russian soul.
This famous tune of Eurovision was the opener for the bicentennial Adolphe Sax festivities on the 6th November 2014. After a small personal introduction, Alain Crepin brings all the brassy colors of the saxophones to the fore. This majestic overture gets back all its ceremonial character in the honor of the inventor of the saxophone
This composition is without any doubt Scott Joplin’s most popular ragtime. All musicians play it with pleasure in a very lively version.
The music written by Henry Mancini for The “Pink Panther” did not only please many generations but it has also revealed the saxophone sound to the general public. Saxophone players always enjoy playing this score.
Here you have a very lively version of the world famous negro-spiritual. Special thanks to lady singer Leana Sealy.