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    Pictures At An Exhibition-sax Quartet

    It's not the same as a full orchestra, but this is an interesting piece for sax quartet
    Four movements here: PROMENADE, THE GNOME, PROMENADE, & THE OLD CASTLE.

    I> hi-fi URL: http://www.soundclick.com/util/getpl...d=6175664&q=hi


    II> hi-fi URL: http://www.soundclick.com/util/getpl...d=6175673&q=hi
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    Re: Pictures At An Exhibition-sax Quartet

    Gary:
    An interesting project.
    Did you make your transcriptions from the Mussorgsky's original piano music or Ravel's transcription?

    sos

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    Ah, a very nice idea. I like what you've done here, though I'm not typically a sax fan (sorry) this is a very pleasant listen. I was actually thinking about doing a percussion ensemble on one of the movements, maybe Tuilleres (not sure on spelling) or the Ballet of the Hatching Chicks.

    I see what you mean as far as it not being the same as the full orchestra, but you will always lose something when you change to a different ensemble, but though you may lose in one aspect of the piece, you can really gain on some other parts, like I feel the stacatto sections really benefit from the sax's touch. Nice work!
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    Re: Pictures At An Exhibition-sax Quartet

    Thanks for listening sos.
    This was from a Kalmus piano part. No mention otherwise.

    Thanks for your comments, sanyarem.
    The sax quartet can handle many different types of music.
    One year at a band festival at SANDY LAKE in Texas, I heard a 20(?) piece sax ensemble play three different band pieces which had been transcribed-a great job, also.
    Gary

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    Re: Pictures At An Exhibition-sax Quartet

    An interesting listening experience. Not really weird but different.

    I've never heard sax arrangements of the classics anywhere except on this forum.

    Isn't the internet wonderful.



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    Re: Pictures At An Exhibition-sax Quartet

    Thanks for listening, Phil.
    You know, with Finale-and other computer programs-you can change the piece for almost any instrumentation.
    That would be interesting, i.e. FLUTE QUARTET; CLARINET,2 OBOE & 2 BASSOON; you get the idea. If note ranges are extremly high or low that would limit change.
    It seems like I'm making a lot of typo's because I have to use modified "hunt & peck" with 2 fingers.

    Gary

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    Once again, of all things to set for a sax/4, this is, no
    doubt whatsoever, the very last thing that would ever,
    ever, ever come to my mind... rofl!

    While the rendering hasn't the richness of the real
    deal, of course, Gary, it gives a very good idea of how
    incredibly well this would work with the saxes.

    If you get this one done live, I absolutely definitely
    positively want to hear it! Thoroughly ingenious
    adaptation, this.

    All my best,


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    Re: Pictures At An Exhibition-sax Quartet

    Hi David, thanks for listening.
    A trip to San Antonio seems a bit extreme.
    If you have a sax quartet in your area, I can send you parts for this piece.
    Anything to get my music performed via Mussorgsky, of course.
    I just received word that my flute quintet, CALLIOPE FLAUTA will be performed in a Region Conference, so that's exciting.
    Gary

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    Hello my dear Gary "Saxmo" Mosse

    I'm finally catching up with your newest transcription, and like the others on your thread, find it such an entertaining experience hearing this well-known piece in such a totally different setting.

    It's like the Sax section of one of the great old Big Bands are on a break and wanting to jam on the music they learned and love before playing with Benny Goodman or Les Brown. And we get to be "flies on the wall" during that magical rehearsal break.

    A little technical note - Not very often, but a few times in this recording, I felt ppp was too far below the average dynamic level. It felt more like the volume knob had suddenly been turned down during playback rather than the players being true to the score's dynamics.

    Thanks for the fun entertainment!

    Randy B.

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    Thanks for listening, Randy.
    I'm finding a lot of help in my on music as I see the way great composers have put it together.
    Gary

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