June Emerson Wind Music
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Printed Edition
Composer:Binge, Ronald (1910-1979)
Instrumentation:sax/A. pft.
Publisher Ref:M570052905
A 3 movement concerto, arranged here for alto saxophone and piano by the composer who also wrote the ever popular 'Elizabethan Serenade', 'The Watermill' and 'Sailing By'.

Price: £14.95
Reprinting: Currently being reprinted but still available to order.
Skill Level:D
Publisher:Josef Weinberger
Year of Issue:1969
ISBN:none specified
Ronald Binge began his musical career as a church chorister in his native Derby, progressing to cinema organist and piano accordion player in summer seaside orchestras. After the Second World War, he joined Mantovani as arranger and composer and originated the "cascading strings" effect which was first heard in Binge's internationally popular arrangement of 'Charmaine', of 1951. As a composer, his 'Elizabethan Serenade' was a resounding hit in the same year and remains popular to this day, as do 'The Watermill' and 'Sailing By'.

The Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra was commissioned for the 1956 BBC International Festival of Light Music with Michael Krein as soloist for the first performance. The composer himself reduced the orchestral score to a piano accompaniment and it is said that he also produced the wind band arrangement. The two spirited outer movements frame the second movement 'Romance' which has a pastoral feel and sometimes the suggestion of a lullaby from the sustained minim accompaniment.

  • I. Allegro spiritoso
  • II. Romance: Andante espressivo
  • III. Rondo: Allegro giocoso

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