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Six Bagatelles

from Musica ricercata for wind quintet

By Gyorgy Ligeti

Saxophone quartet (SATBar) - difficult
From Musica ricercata for wind quintet. Composed by Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006). Arranged by Fabian Oehrli. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Woodwind Ensemble. Classical. Score and parts (softcover). Composed 1953. 84 pages. Duration 13'. Schott Music #ED 20027. Published by Schott Music (HL.49016810).

Item Number: HL.49016810

ISBN 9790001144971. 9x12 inches.

These six character pieces come from Ligeti's famous piano cycle 'Musica ricercata'. Now wild, now cheerful, now contemplative, now excited - each of these miniatures is an unmistakable gem.The minimalist bagatelles already exist in popular arrangements for wind quintet, wind ensemble and accordion. Their new arrangement for saxophone quartet by Fabio Oehrli sounds very convincing, as if the composition has almost been made for this instrumentation.

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  • April 04, 2013 Messy, overly difficult arrangement

    There is a major typo in the first six bars of the Alto part, where it seems that the arranger wants the alto player to hit low G's and F's...not possible. Additionally, the alto and tenor part in the third movement regularly jumps into high G's...

    and A'...on pianississimo ostinatos!! I don't see why the arranger didn't just have them double instruments. Additionally, for almost the entirety of the piece the soprano part is in the stratosphere. My quartet tried to read through even the easiest, and we couldn't make heads nor tails. And it's not like the rest of our repertoire is babyish, either! Here we are, a quartet regularly workin the Copland, Nyman, Glass, having a hard time with a bunch of minute long Bagatelles! The bottom line is that there are far better pieces out there to show off your virtuosity with, don't bother with this one.

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