Arrangements e-Store

Welcome to my e-store! I have a limited variety of free and paid arrangements currently available. I am committed to creating and commissioning new music, and am also passionate about arranging pre-existing works for saxophone solo, quartet, and large ensemble. Feel free to peruse the current offerings, and check back periodically for new arrangements. Thanks for visiting!

My philosophy of arranging 

In selecting works to arrange for saxophone, one of my primary concerns is whether the arrangement might bring something new and artistically interesting to the original work. What can the timbre of the saxophone, and each saxophone in particular, offer an already complete piece of music? As a performer, I understand the enormous range of musical possibilities the saxophone family has to offer, and so my answer to that question is: an enormous amount! I take a great deal of effort to combine saxophones in ways that complement each other, create varied colors, avoid excessive tuning and range difficulties, and account for balance when re-scoring lines from lighter-sounding instruments. My first goal is for every part to be interesting and playable. My second goal is to make the notation as legible as possible for modern performers. To that end, my arrangements provide clear stylistic markings suited specifically to saxophone, in order to avoid the ambiguity present in many older editions, aiding in the rehearsal process. Additionally, in all of my editions, you will find program and performance notes, adding context and making your life easier when creating your own programs. Saxophone ensemble arrangements are offered for ensembles with or without a sopranino. I invite your feedback, as well. Should my arrangements be updated over the course of multiple playings, I am happy to share updated versions at no extra charge.

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Cantate Domino by Hans Leo Hassler

Arranged for SATB saxophone mouthpieces (free download of score, parts, and practice tracks)

This arrangement was a product of being separated from my fellow saxophonists in the Ma'at Quartet due to the pandemic in March 2020. Lacking a baritone, I arranged this wonderful staple of the early Baroque choral repertoire for us. Our recording is available on my YouTube page for reference. To my knowledge, this mouthpiece quartet is the first of its kind, and there are more coming! This is a great teaching tool to develop aural skills and pitch flexility/accuracy on the mouthpiece. 

Hans Leo Hassler: Cantate Domino

Arranged for SATB saxophone mouthpieces

soprano practice track
00:00 / 01:38
alto practice track
00:00 / 01:38
tenor practice track
00:00 / 01:38
bari practice track
00:00 / 01:38
 

Fantasia in D minor, K. 397 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Arranged for SATB saxophone quartet (available to purchase soon through Keepe Publishing House)

This arrangement was completed in April 2020. I have long admired this popular piano work by Mozart for its emotional depth within a succinct design. Its striking second theme, heralded by repeated notes atop sinking chromatic chords, was my impetus for arranging it. To me, the opening of the Fantasia sounds and feels similarly to the opening of Beethoven's later work, the ever-popular "Moonlight" Sonata. I believe the saxophone quartet can imbue this work for keyboard with both lyricism and brilliance. The chief challenge for the ensemble will be making the towering runs in the cadenzas pass smoothly between each voice of the quartet. All parts have cues added to facilitate this most efficiently. Program notes and performance notes are included. MIDI reference recording for now, but look for a live recording soon!

Mozart Fantasia D minor - Score and Part
Mozart Fantasia D minor - Score and Part
Mozart Fantasia D minor - Score and Part
 

Passo Mezzo e Mascherada from Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1 by Ottorino Respighi

Arranged for saxophone ensemble (with or without sopranino, 3 sop, 3 alto, 2 tenor, 3 baritone, 1 bass)

Arrangements of pre-existing (lute) music themselves, the three Ancient Airs and Dances  suites are orchestrated in typical Respighi brilliance. They honor their source music, while also presenting orchestral beauty and flourish that easily stands alongside more modern approaches. Thus, arranging them again for saxophones was both a challenge and an opportunity. I believe that the rustic, communal joy of this final movement of the first suite is perfect for the saxophone ensemble. The textures alternate rapidly between satisfying

tutti sonorities and intimate chamber moments. Composed of multiple contrasting sections, this 4-minute movement stands alone as a complete piece, well-suited to the opening or closing of a concert. As the arrangement is in the original key, harp and/or harpsichord parts may also be added; parts are available on IMSLP, though these are optional. Program notes and performance notes are included. MIDI for now, but look for a live recording soon!

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Duration: 4:00

Difficulty: Medium-Difficult

Pricing: $20.00 (specify with or without sopranino), $25.00 for both versions - includes PDF score, parts, program notes, cover page, all future updates upon request 

To purchase: PayPal to derek.granger@icloud.com, specify with version(s) you would like and where to email them. PDFs sent ASAP (12 hrs or less). Thank you!