Nyman: 3 Quartets -- Has anyone played it?

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    Default Nyman: 3 Quartets -- Has anyone played it?

    No, this is not a set of saxophone quartets. Rather, 3 Quartets by Michael Nyman is a single, 14-minute work for a 12-piece ensemble consisting of a string quartet, a saxophone quartet, and a brass quartet. (I think of it as a postmodern chamber orchestra.) Although the composition is available on a recording, the album The Suit and the Photograph, it does not seem to be widely known. That's too bad, because it's a tremendously exciting piece, with a huge helping of Nyman's trademark bouncy energy. It's a typhoon of sound, and the saxophones are utilized to great effect. Has anyone here ever played it?

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    Default Re: Nyman: 3 Quartets -- Has anyone played it?

    Hi yes, I played tenor on the recording, Michael Nyman has been a major employer for me since about 1983. I usually play sop & alto in the Michael Nyman Band.

    "Opinion is what exists between ignorance and knowledge." Anon.

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    Oh, so you're Dave Roach. Great job on this piece. Was it recorded "live" in the studio, with all 12 musicians together, or were the sections recorded separately?

    Do you know whether the score can be purchased, or is it not publicly available? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Nyman: 3 Quartets -- Has anyone played it?

    Hi, yes it was recorded live in a studio in Holland (on a Sunday afternoon as I remember!). The trombonist Andy Fawbert broke a front tooth at the beginning of the session, so we glued it back in with super glue!

    The score is available from Music Sales Classical (used to be called Chester Music) here http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/composer/work/8637 . If you have problems purchasing it get back to me and I will contact the publisher for you.

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    It seems that Nyman was commissioned to write a chops-buster, and he took it literally.

    The store sites say that 3 Quartets is not currently available. Perhaps the piece is out of print.

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    OK, let me see what I can dig up for you.

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