Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra

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Russell Peterson

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HoneyRock
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00


1. Slowly/Allegro [7:40]
2. Tempo Rubato [4:40]
3. Allegro [3:56]


ensemble: marimbas(5, including one bass), vibraphones(2), timpani, chimes, glockenspiel, crotales, etc.;
with solo alto saxophone and piano

Program Notes

dedication: to Dr. David Eyler and the Tri-College Percussion Ensemble; Level VI

Commissioned by David Eyler and the Concordia College Percussion Enesemble (Moorhead, Minnesota). 3 movement piece, scored for 12 percussionists (2 vibes, 5 marimbas, 4 percussion, timp.)and piano. The piece runs about 16 minutes. Very demanding on the solo saxophonist, yet accessible by a good high school percussion ensemble. High energy, fast and audience friendly. GRAMOPHONE Magazine, (Feb., 2003) noted: 'Peterson's own 16-minute Concerto, featuring Spanish rhythms and a lovely second-movement duet with vibraphone, is an effective vehicle for his striking command of color and dynamics. The highly-charged sound is riveting...' [1]

Commercial Discography

The entire piece can be heard on Russell's CD American Breath.[2]

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra - Percussion Ensemble (12); Saxophone; Piano
Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra (Peterson) - Timpani; Orchestra
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and 4 Marimbas - Percussion Quartet; Marimba Quartet; Saxophone
The Life of King David: Concerto for Marimba and Band - Marimba; Band

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