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View Poll Results: SATB or AATB

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    2 9.52%
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  1. #1

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    Default Classical Quartet Preference

    Do you guys prefer to listen to a quartet that has SATB or AATB?
    Why?
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    I like the greater tonal variety and range of SATB. There's also a much greater body of available high-quality works for SATB.

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    I know AATB is said to mirror the string quartet more closely, but heck, we are talking saxophones here! I like to be flexible - 4 sops can be great too, or 4 baritones.

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    If we really wanted to mirror the string quartet, we'd have to have two sopranos, an alto and a bari - preferably all with low A keys.

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    I've enjoyed playing in both groups - intonation isn't as much of a problem with an AATB 4tet but as previously mentioned, I also prefer a wider tonal variety.

    Has anyone out there listened to the Kelly AATB quartet?

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    I agree that there is a wider tonal possibilities when you add a soprano to the mix. It also opens up a whole-nother door in terms of literature to chose from. I've always enjoyed playing AATB mainly because when everyone blends just right... it sounds like a string quartet. But then again, yes we are saxophones and what saxophone wants to sound like a violin? However, I must say one of my favorite things to listen to is a professional quartet with a class A soprano player...nothing can beat that sound!
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    I prefer SATB, because it more closely resembles a choir. If you look at the waveform of a saxophone and the waveform of a human voice.... they're VERY close. Reminds me of this time a friend and I were playing in a park... and we finished and were packing up, and this little girl comes up to me and says, "Can you sing some more?" And I looked at her and said, "Dear, I wasn't singing, I can play a little more if you want." And she pointed at my horn and said, "No. Sing.... with that."

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    I voted SATB. Soprano Alto Tenor Bass.. awesome.

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    BBCBT

    Bari
    Bass
    Contrabass
    Tubax

    noww thats my kinda quartet!

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