Scored for: Tenor saxophone, piano, double bass, drums, timps, percussion and strings
Duration: 20 mins
Other Info: Will Todd’s Saxophone Concerto was commissioned by the Bristol University Chamber Orchestra in 1991. The work received a revision and further performances in 2009. In it’s current revised version the work is approximately 20 minutes duration.
A recording of the work in its 1991 version, performed by the Brunel Ensemble and saxophonist Ben Waghorn exists on the Midwinter album.
"An attractive work it adds richly and with personality to the already growing repertoire of such concertos. Three movements of often jazz-inflected music need not cause shudders among the traditionalists for here the music spurs and invigorates. The work opens upbeat and then imbibes some of Edvard Munch's glum sea-spirit. The sax plays the insinuating lyric singer blazing through a kaleidoscopic multitude of styles: commercial jazz, 1960s Gallic film music, Vaudeville, Sondheim, Las Vegas neon, Nyman and Malcolm Arnold. The orchestral sound is a big one but it does not close the door on yielding tenderness (the central Ballad). The concerto avoids Broadway's tinnily commercial soul and the song is sung and swung by Ben Waghorn with lyric rush and élan."
Rob Barnett/ Music Web International
Instrumental Parts available for hire: Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Strings (6,6,4,4,3) Please contact us for more information
When ordering please select the sheet music format in the drop down menu below.
Music is available as a hard copy or a downloadable PDF with a license to make a single copy.