Dvorak (Leaman): Serenade, op. 44 arr. for Saxophone Choir
Code: JP4057 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0205-9
Antonin Dvorak followed in the Nationalist tradition of many late
nineteenth-century composers, including fellow Czech composer, Bedrich
Smetana. Frequently using folk materials of his native land, among
Dvorak's most famous works are his symphonies, the 'American' String
Quartet, and the Slavonic Dances.
The Serenade, Op. 44 in d minor was created in early 1878, sandwiched
between the premiere of Dvorak's opera The Cunning Peasant and followed
by the his famous Slavonic Dances later that same year. The Serenade was
premiered on 17 November 1878 at a concert featuring Dvorak's works, with
the Prague orchestra of the Provisional Theatre under the composer's
Dvorak's Serenade was originally written for the rather unusual
combination of two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, contra-bassoon,
three horns, cello, and double-bass; and it has only four movements,
which is fewer than the traditional Serenade. This arrangement by
Clifford Leamann for saxophone choir uses the same number of voices as
in the original, though due to range restrictions, disperses some of the
parts among the various saxophones as needed.
The arrangement is scored for sopranino saxophone, 2 soprano
saxophones, 3 alto saxophones, 3 tenor saxophones, 2 baritone
saxophones, and bass saxophone. An alternate third soprano saxophone
part is included as a substitute for the sopranino saxophone if this
instrument is not available. The bass saxophone part, although
desireable, is optional. A full score and set of parts in included in the set.
Total duration of all 4 movements is approximately 23.5 minutes.