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Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Maxwell Feb 22. 16 Replies

Three movements, all pretty short (~4 minutes each).Not as much saxophone and orchestra stuff which is a bit of a pity. Todd Nystrom played the sax part..I've always liked his lyrical style and tried…Continue

News at 11

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Maxwell Jan 19. 4 Replies

My second posting as a contrast to my first. Its a short ditty with straightforward harmony as I was mostly experimenting with NOT doing my usual legato only textures.…Continue

The Carousel- tune from a new member

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Maxwell Jan 28. 9 Replies

My first posting after lurking about for awhile. I tried to capture a somewhat nostalgic and joyous ride on a carousel while trying to avoid the straight umm pa pa of threes.Soundcloud really…Continue

 

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William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Thank you Saul. I have started an "alto sax" concerto as well, so wish me luck. Same player, so that part will be top notch."
Feb 22
Saul Gefen replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"William, This is a very beautiful piece, very enjoyable to listen and expressive. Thanks for sharing, Regards, Saul"
Feb 22
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Fair enough. Will do, although MP3s are pretty painful quality-wise."
Feb 19
Gav Brown replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Note to all: we do ask that soundfiles be in mp3 format, because that is the closest thing there is to a universal format. Not all members can play other formats -"
Feb 19
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Thank you Kjell. Much appreciated!"
Feb 19
Kjell Prytz replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"I listened to first movement up to now: Masterly, a masterpiece. Great emotions expressed by both the composition and the soloist. Congrats to you and Todd. Kjell"
Feb 19
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Sibelius. The notation was really only intended for me/sax player to use to play the parts. I agree there would be a few things that would need to be done before I handed it over to a live group. -William"
Feb 19
Jos Wylin replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Was the score written with Notion? The style looks familiar to me. It seems pretty much OK to work with, although conductors prefer grouped notations to minimize the full score. Jos"
Feb 19
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Thank you Timothy. The sax player is "live" in that he played it in his studio using the score/part and a reference recording. The reminder was recorded via samples in my studio. A teacher once pointed out "the golden point" and…"
Feb 19
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Thank you Jos. Your nice feedback is much appreciated. I do have a score for it since it was first notated, although would have to go back and include the small changes made during recording as well as a few more markings. Here is the opening…"
Feb 19
Timothy Smith replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Hi William,  So I might be misunderstanding here. Someone else played the high sax. Is this a live recording? Thanks for sharing these. I liked how you had the climaxes or build ups come in at around the same times at the 2:20 to 2:50 marks or…"
Feb 19
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"By all means feel free to download it. They are wav files and as such a bit larger, but do sound much better than the smaller MP3s.. -William"
Feb 19
Jos Wylin replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Hi William, Allow me to congratulate you with the concerto and not in the least with the fabulous performance of the sax player. The excellent recording and mix make it a complete success! The 3 parts have some solemnity and religious feel, like a…"
Feb 19
Dane Aubrun replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Yes, my usual browser wouldn't play it. I'll try the dreaded IE later. It offered the download but I'd need your ok to do that."
Feb 19
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"Thank you Rob, much appreciated. I agree with you reading Todd's playing. He really did a beautiful job with a beautiful expressive tone. I should add it took him about an hour..I mean from when he got the music to a finished recording. The…"
Feb 18
Robert Caley replied to William Maxwell's discussion Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
"I really liked this piece, all three movements. Haunting and expressive, and it's nice to hear sax being used in an orchestral setting. The sax playing is exquisite, and the orchestral parts (especially the strings) are lush and make a really…"
Feb 18

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
orchestral, probably late romatic/tonal 20th century
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
Camano Island, WA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
BA theory composition. Full time musician although most my money comes from playing (bass). Composition is my main interest, although by choice I have decided to mostly keep money out of it. Been writing pieces since 1980 and record in my home studio.

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At 11:43am on January 12, 2020, Gav Brown said…

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