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    I play in a sax ensemble, we are 3 sopranos, 5 altos, 3 tenor and 2 baritone.
    I need some pieces (classical, blues and jazz) to play in this ensemble.
    any suggest?

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    Wow, that's some ensemble, what are you aiming for? Do you want a 13-part score or do you accept that your sops, altos, tenors and baris are going to be playing the same parts?

    If its the latter then you could go to any of the several sax quartet music web sites and grab yourselves some quartet titles. If the former then I think what you're going to have to do is find yourself some quintet/sextet/sax choir scores and do a bit of transposing to suit your ensemble.

    I either case, the best site I can suggest is this one:

    http://www.4a4quartet.com/

    Have a look at their quartet/quintet/sextet titles and take your pick. In any event I think you're going to need some notation software, in which case I recommend the free....http://musescore.org/ .. and you're going to need someone in your group that can use it to adapt your downloaded 'saxtet' titles to your requirements.

    Good luck !!
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    Thanksss!!! =)

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    I run a website with many saxophone solos and ensembles. I don't have your particular group covered (3 sopranos! wow!!!) but I bet you could find a few things that you'd like and would work for you. I have arrangements of everything from renaissance music to ragtime; solo to octet or larger. Some things are free, everything else is reasonably priced. I'm always adding new pieces and it's usually not a problem to "adjust" an arrangement to meet a group's needs. Have a look at www.SAXpress.com

    Thanks

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    +1 for 4a4 - great resource

    I couldn't get past the front page of SAXpress - is there a fault? or is it one of those days.....

    km

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    Big Red by Andy Scott is a lovely piece.
    Soprano: Selmer Series II • Vandoren S27 + Traditional 3.5
    Alto: Selmer Series II • Vandoren AL3 + Traditional 3.5

    Tenor: Barone Vintage • Selmer S90 170 + Traditional 3.5

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    KM,
    I think it must have been one of those days as SAXpress.com is up and running. But just in case, try this link instead:
    http://www.saxpress.com/store/
    It will take you directly to the music listings instead of the front page.

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    I'm just staring a Sax ensemble at the moment, 3 Altos, 1 Tenor, and 2 A+T+S players these sites are a real find for me, thanks to the contributors, Thanks!

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    Hi Scarsax. You may find these sites useful too then..........

    http://www.bruceevans.net/
    http://www.free-scores.com/index_uk.php3
    http://www.zdenkoivanusic.com/

    Zdenko Ivanusic is a superb player/composer/arranger and leader of the Donna Lee sax quartet. He publishes his compositions and arrangements on his website at the last link above. Some of his stuff is a bit off the wall, but his arrangements of things like 'Little Brown Jug', 'When The Saints' and all his Christmas stuff is very playable and popular additions to my quartet's rep. If you do a Youtube search on 'Donna Lee Sax Quartet' you'll get a couple of videos of them.

    Hope this is useful and good luck with your venture.
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    http://classicsax.com/store/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=95

    Classicsax.com has a great selection, most of it calls for bass but some literature has bass parts covered by bari.

    I'd highly recommend the Smith - Little Gap, Pennsylvania.

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    Anyone know if the arrangement of "Riverdance" in this video is available commercially? It's really good, but can't seem to find it, perhaps its only available in Asia?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4lPHAPOzQk

    Some serious music, but very cool...
    Thanks!

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