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    Hi everyone--

    Just wondering if anyone had suggestions for dinner party/background music/classical music for saxophone and piano. Preferably for soprano or alto.

    There is no preference for the level of difficulty, only that a pianist and I might only have a handful of rehearsals to put it all together, depending on the gig. Would love to know what has worked for those that might have been in a situation like this!

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    Standards. It's been working for fifty years. You know, 'Misty', 'Laura', 'Days of Wine and Roses', etc., etc.,? The music is always available.

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    I like bossas for this. It's my understanding that a lot of the bossa nova was developed by people living in tiny flats, so they had to play quietly. Most of the tunes can be kept quiet yet they have a lot of interest in them.

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    Ravel's Bolero has class. Theme from the movie The Godfather. Help me make it through the night. The girl from Ipanema. Desafinado. Yesterday.
    Summertime. Smile. Malaguena. Soul Serenade.

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    Default Re: Dinner Party/Background Music

    Thanks all for the replies, these are all great suggestions.

    I had initially posted this post in the Classical Saxophone forum because I was wondering if there were any more classical selections that could double for both on the concert classical stage, in addition to the dinner party setting. We'd love to get the best bang for our buck!

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    Keep the age(s) of the audience in mind. A few good familiar songs from several eras (40's-90's) and you will be in business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Laughter View Post
    ......from several eras (40's-90's)......
    If you're going to go back 26 years, you may as well go back another 10; the nineties were a pretty awful decade for most genres of music.
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