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Grainger: Music for Saxophones

Grainger / Griggs / Holmes / Pierick / Dochnahl
Release Date: 12/11/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573228   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Percy Aldridge GraingerClaude Le JeuneGuillaume de MachautJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Joyce GriggsCasey Dierlam
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Percy Grainger called the saxophone ‘the world’s finest wind-tone tool, the most voice-like’, and wrote for it a series of fascinating but hitherto little-explored works. These arrangements are special in that, unusually, Grainger largely abandoned his idea of ‘elastic scoring’ and noted specific instrumental configurations. The selections include the music of J.S. Bach, British and Norwegian folksongs, old polyphonic instrumental and vocal music, as well as two original compositions, each indelibly stamped with Grainger’s experiences as pianist, folk-song collector, and proponent of early music. Percy Grainger called the saxophone ‘the world’s finest wind-tone tool, the most voice-like’, and wrote for it a series of fascinating but hitherto little-explored works. These arrangements are special in that, unusually, Grainger largely abandoned his idea of ‘elastic scoring’ and noted specific instrumental configurations. The selections include the music of J.S. Bach, British and Norwegian folksongs, old polyphonic instrumental and vocal music, as well as two original compositions, each indelibly stamped with Grainger’s experiences as pianist, folk-song collector, and proponent of early music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Lonely Desert-Man Sees the Tents of the Happy Tribes by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1914; London, England 
2.
Lincolnshire Posy: no 1, Dublin Bay (Lisbon) by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; USA 
3.
Immovable Do by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Chosen Gems (11): no 1, Angelus ad Virginem by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
5.
La Bel'Aronde by Claude Le Jeune
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
6.
Ballade(s) by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: Medieval 
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
7.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 4 in C sharp minor, BWV 849 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
8.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 5 in D major, BWV 874 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
9.
Four Notes Pavan by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
10.
When Yule-Tide Comes by Carl Gustave Sparre Olsen
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
11.
La Bernardina by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
12.
Fantasy a 5 no 15 by John Jenkins
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
13.
March in D major, BWV Anh. 122 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 
14.
Fantasy a 6 by William Lawes
Performer:  Joyce Griggs (Saxophone), Casey Dierlam (Piano)
Notes: Arranger: Percy Grainger 

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