[DOWNLOAD] Elite Syncopations for 2 Alto Saxophones and Piano

[DOWNLOAD] Elite Syncopations for 2 Alto Saxophones and Piano

  • Composer: Joplin, Scott
  • Arranger: Takahashi, Hiroki
  • Grade: Intermediate
  • Duration: 3:20
  • Genre: Saxophone Duet
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: DL-B0001-01


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1st Alto Saxophone
2nd Alto Saxophone

Elite Syncopations is a work centered around the ragtime numbers of Scott Joplin, with choreography by McMillan, performed by the Royal Ballet of Britain. It depicts men and women gathered at a social venue, showcasing dances one after another to the melodies of ragtime. Scott Joplin, an African-American composer from the United States, is a renowned musician and composer famous for his ragtime compositions, often referred to as the "King of Ragtime." Ragtime is characterized by its "oom-pah" accompaniment, similar to marches, with syncopated melodies that create a lively rhythm, primarily performed on the piano. This piece has been arranged for a trio of two saxophones and a piano. Initially, it stays close to the original, exuding an elegant and leisurely feel, but gradually becomes more jazz-like, incorporating improvisations (which are written in the score). It's a delightful arrangement that oscillates between ragtime and swing jazz. This piece is ideal for opening concerts or similar events.

(Hiroki Takahashi)