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    Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    This arrangement I wrote for the WSaxQ (www.wsaxq.com), based on the well known Faure choral work "Cantique de Jean Racine". The original work, written for SATB choir and organ, transcribed very nicely for the sax quartet of the same voicing along with organ. I selected the JABB saxes with a less "jazzy" quality for this rendering.

    I used the following from the GPO & JABB libraries for this rendering;

    JABB: Soprano Sax 2, Alto Sax 1, Tenor Sax 1 and Baritone Sax 2

    GPO: Flute Organ, Cornet Organ for solo voice

    http://www.garybricault.com/mp3/Cant...artetOrgan.mp3

    Gary

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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    Nice work Gary!

    I'd love to hear a recording of the WSaxQ playing your arrangement, if that is ever possible.

    Regards,

    Jim
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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    Gary,

    this somehow touched me this morning. Wonderful.


    Thank you
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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    Great work Gary,
    Faure was many things as he spoke as a composer. I had not
    heard this.
    Did you write the organ parts as seperate sounds, or as a regular
    organ part?
    This is not on you, but I found it difficult to hear the sopranoe, alto,
    and tenor as sax sounds. The bari came out clearly most of the time,
    but I thought the other sax sounds had more of an organ effect.
    I think two missing ingredients -breathing pauses & tonguing attacks-may be the reason. Of course it also sounds similar to the FRENCH sax sound. A different concept equally good, but different.
    However, this was a very good result.
    Gary Mosse

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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Nice work Gary!

    I'd love to hear a recording of the WSaxQ playing your arrangement, if that is ever possible.

    Regards,

    Jim
    Jim,

    Thanks for your comments. The have the most wonderful organ-like quality.
    You can hear the group play other works already recorded at their site, www.wsaxq.com .

    Gary

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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    Quote Originally Posted by Hannes_F
    Gary,

    this somehow touched me this morning. Wonderful.


    Thank you
    Hannes
    Hannes,

    I am glad that you enjoyed the Faure. This is one of his best known works for choir. And substituting the saxophones in was easy and a pleasure to do.


    Gary

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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    Great work Gary,
    Faure was many things as he spoke as a composer. I had not
    heard this.
    Did you write the organ parts as seperate sounds, or as a regular
    organ part?
    The Cantique de Jean Racine is probably one of his best known works, originally for 4-part choir and organ. I input the organ into the score as originally written as three staves. I assigned a new instance of the Flute Organ for each stave. At the point of the organ solo I used the Cornet Organ.

    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    This is not on you, but I found it difficult to hear the sopranoe, alto,
    and tenor as sax sounds. The bari came out clearly most of the time,
    but I thought the other sax sounds had more of an organ effect.
    Actually, the goal is to have the four saxophones blend together with an organ-like sound is the goal. It is not easy to get the exact blend and tracking using notation scoring, but I think it is quite good as a whole and for demonstration purposes. With the WSaxQ they play together with this incredible organ-like sound, tightly, well controlled, continuously adjusting to each other. You can hear them play at their site at www.wsaxq.com .

    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    I think two missing ingredients -breathing pauses & tonguing attacks-may be the reason. Of course it also sounds similar to the FRENCH sax sound.
    My playback is generated purely from the Finale score. The only modifications to it were the vibrato markings to give this demo a better sound with four saxes playing together. The JABB instruments are a little brassier sounding that the actual live performers of WSaxQ. I did not make an effort to add markings such as breathing pauses in the score as they would be adding their own in to best fit their styles.

    But I am glad that you enjoyed it.

    Gary

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    Very nice athmosphere, and well balanced articulations are coming from the Finale score. The only weak thing of the "as it is" playback is the less live, more flat expressions of the saxes, coming from a too uniform sound.

    A midi tweaking should make it perfect. What do you think?

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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    What a fine choice of ensemble, Gary, and not one
    that would have occurred to me, certainly... but it
    works wonderfully well.

    Per Fabio's comment, though the saxes surely would
    benefit by a little more finesse, I find the less
    affected 'concert' (or, as they say, 'legit') style
    of the playing most appropriate in this context.

    My best,

    David
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    Re: Cantique de Jean Racine for Sax Quartet and Organ

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryBric
    Jim,

    Thanks for your comments. The have the most wonderful organ-like quality.
    You can hear the group play other works already recorded at their site, www.wsaxq.com .

    Gary

    www.garybricault.com
    HI Gary,

    I have perused their site, but don't see any links to performance clips. Any clues? Did I miss the obvious - it wouldn't be the first time!

    Jim
    RealSax.com "When you need real sax in your tracks."
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