The Right Time
Karen wrote her first saxophone works when she began to teach the instrument, having realised there was a minimal amount of repertoire at a beginner level. She now writes in a variety of styles for both solo and ensemble saxophone. 'The Right Time' was created at the request of Boosey and Hawkes to create three ensemble books. These were written for Fairer Sax, Street’s all female quartet. The piece is a rock ballad with the soprano ‘singing’ the melody almost like a lead vocal with a beautiful accompanying line.
Autumn Leaves – Arr. Jeffery Wilson
Having been banned from composition during the Occupation of France throughout the Second World War, Kosma was approached by the screenwriter Jacques Prévert to write music for film, under the guise of other composers. It was through this partnership that Kosma set music to one of Prévert’s poems “Les feuilles mortes” (The Dead Leaves). By 1947, the American songwriter Johnny Mercer translated the song into English and not before long; the song became a jazz standard in a multitude of languages. The song depicts how the sight of autumn leaves falling makes you realise how much you miss the one you love. This particular arrangement showcases the tenor saxophone.
Joplin was an African American composer/pianist born into the first post-slavery generation. He is regarded as the king of ragtime, having written 44 original pieces under such a style and is charged with revolutionising American music and culture.
Ragtime Dance – Arr. Terence J. Thompson
The original version of Ragtime Dance was a commercial failure, being a short choreographed ragtime folk ballet. It initially depicted a ball with four participating couples. John Stillwell Stark then arranged the work as a piano ragtime, with no choreography. Instead, cover art illustrated an African American couple dancing in formal clothing. Referred to as a ‘Stop-Time Two Step,’ the piece originally highlighted an effect where the pianist stamps the heel of his foot in time with the beat.
The Entertainer – Arr. B & Ph. Marillia
Used by ice cream trucks in the U.S.A, The Entertainer is a worldwide standard, and one of the best of Joplin’s compositions. It is a rag time two step, a popular dance until the turn of the 20th Century. It depicts the sounds made by Mandolins and was dedicated to James Brown and his Mandolin Club.