June Emerson Wind Music
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Printed Edition
Composer:Street, Karen
Publisher Ref:GP102
These twelve "... beautifully-crafted studies (are) aimed at the intermediate saxophone player. Stylistically diverse and strong on melody and structure, they should provide an enjoyable way of tackling some of the main technical issues we face as wind players."

Price: £12.00
Sub Title:12 Imaginative Studies
Skill Level:C-E
Publisher:Gumbles Publications
Year of Issue:2011
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
Although she has performed on the accordion since she was seven, Karen Street composes more for one of her alternative instruments, the saxophone. She studied clarinet as her first instrument at Bath University but played her final recital on the accordion and, later, drew some attention as a saxophonist and founder member of the all female sax. quartet 'Fairer Sax' in the late 1980's. Karen Street is now one of the five composer/player members of 'Saxtet' which she runs with her husband, Andy Tweed. She was noticed as a composer and arranger with the three 'Fairer Sax Ensemble Books' which were published during the 1990's. They were produced, with some solo pieces, to meet the need for music for saxophone students which had become clear to her through teaching. Saxtet publications alone now publish nearly thirty of her compositions, most of them for solo or accompanied saxophone, or in ensembles and her work, via various publishers, appears in most of the saxophone exam syllabi in the UK.

In his introduction to 'Streetworks', the editor Chris Gumbley says of Karen Street's style "... I have always found her educational music inspiring. She always seems to rise to the challenge of producing catchy, accessible rhythmic music without sounding bland - even at the most rudimentary level." He then gives five points about tempo to guide the student when practising these twelve studies.

  • 1. Hang Loose
  • 2. Juggling Act
  • 3. Thingy-ma-Jig
  • 4. Paradise Ballroom
  • 5. Improve Your Groove
  • 6. Party in the Park
  • 7. Interval Song
  • 8. Buzz!
  • 9. Not Strictly Tango
  • 10. Double Exposure
  • 11. Spanish Colours
  • 12. Square Dance

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Elizabeth Amison
Jan 2, 2024
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Required for Trinity exam.
Prompt dispatch and delivery. Thank you
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Phil Coates
Apr 24, 2020
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I love these arrangements - enough challenge and fun to play.
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