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    Debussy - Reverie for sax quartet using CMB

    Debussy composed "Reverie" in 1890 as a piano solo, one that has become well known in music literature and as a popular performance piece with its long flowing phrases and lovely solo voice.

    Here I have arranged it as a saxophone quartet (SATB) for my friends of the Washington Saxophone Quartet (www.wsaxq.com). The rendering is done in Finale 2008 using the CMB saxophones.

    www.garybricault.com/mp3/DebussyReverieSaxQuartet.mp3

    Gary

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    Hi Gary,

    Yeah, this WORKS! ANOTHER really effective arrangement! I really look forward to your sax quartet posts, they're such a joy to listen to. Impressionistic music just works so well with this instrumentation -- just another reason why sax players get all the chicks!!

    It sounds like you're getting more and more proficient with doing these also -- I was specifically impressed with your use of dynamics in this one. Really well-done, Gary! I love this stuff!

    Danny

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    Re: Debussy - Reverie for sax quartet using CMB

    Danny,

    Quote Originally Posted by DDW
    Hi Gary,

    Yeah, this WORKS! ANOTHER really effective arrangement! I really look forward to your sax quartet posts, they're such a joy to listen to. Impressionistic music just works so well with this instrumentation -- just another reason why sax players get all the chicks!!
    I agree. It has a lot of interesting musical twists and turns in to and wonderful coloring. And it really worked well with the CMB saxes. I will have to make inquiry of the sax quartet regarding the chicks

    Quote Originally Posted by DDW
    It sounds like you're getting more and more proficient with doing these also -- I was specifically impressed with your use of dynamics in this one. Really well-done, Gary! I love this stuff!

    Danny
    This piece actually provided the opportunity for using dynamics in comparison to the baroque works that are totally straightline. Also, I worked vibrato into this one as it lends itself nicely to using it on the longer notes to give it a more realistic effect.

    Gary

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    Gary, I think you know I've long since become a fan of what you're doing with your adapations for the Washington Sax Quartet. I look forward to your new offerings - and for me, you could hardly do better than with adapting a Debussy piece.

    Your version of this sounds modern but sweet, translating the piece into the possibly unlikely Sax realm.

    In a word, I Loved it.

    Thanks.

    Randy B.

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    Hi Gary. A very nice job adapting this for saxes.
    When writing for winds, one problem I struggle with is giving them places to breathe. I've written Bch keyboard pieces where-of course-the player never needs to breathe.
    I remember from college-I think-that you should find a note to rest & breathe where the music allows that.
    I think †here must be a function in Finale/Garritan to place breath marks.
    Never the less, a fine work.
    Gary

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    Re: Debussy - Reverie for sax quartet using CMB

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser-
    Gary, I think you know I've long since become a fan of what you're doing with your adapations for the Washington Sax Quartet. I look forward to your new offerings - and for me, you could hardly do better than with adapting a Debussy piece.

    Your version of this sounds modern but sweet, translating the piece into the possibly unlikely Sax realm.

    In a word, I Loved it.

    Thanks.

    Randy B.
    Thanks for your comments and support Randy. The sax quartet has become a great platform upon which to build. I agree that the modern sound of the Debussy works are wonderfully complimented by the lovely classical saxophone sound. I have a whole stack of those works to present here are time permits.

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    Re: Debussy - Reverie for sax quartet using CMB

    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    Hi Gary. A very nice job adapting this for saxes.
    When writing for winds, one problem I struggle with is giving them places to breathe. I've written Bch keyboard pieces where-of course-the player never needs to breathe.
    I remember from college-I think-that you should find a note to rest & breathe where the music allows that.
    I think †here must be a function in Finale/Garritan to place breath marks.
    Never the less, a fine work.
    Gary
    Gary,

    I try to spread the voices around when practical to allow for breaks in the playing as long as it does not affect the coloring that I am after. I don't worry so much as to where to place breath marks (using the Articulation Selection tool in Finale) as that tends to be personal preference as to where to breath. I am glad that you enjoyed the work, lovely in it orginal form as well.

    Gary

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    Gary,

    you did a very great arrangement!

    About the breath, oh yeah, let the players do it sometimes

    Best,

    Gunther
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    Still another piece that adapts just beautifully to the
    saxes, Gary... what a great sound!

    I've heard sax players breathe through their ears, by
    the way... so there's little concern over that.

    Seriously, though not reflected in the rendering, I think
    this would be quite easily managed by real players.

    Best,



    David
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    Re: Debussy - Reverie for sax quartet using CMB

    Gary:
    Excellent. You really know what you are doing.

    sos

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