Plural Sax

Sax Octets

Toccata

Théodore Dubois, arr. Ben Tordoff

Composed:
1889
Arranged:
2021
Grouping:
sSAATTBb

Drawing of a church organAlthough relatively few of Theodore Dubois’ pieces are regularly performed, his joyful Toccata in G is a favorite for recitals and weddings alike. It features many classic toccata tropes including continuous semi-quaver passages returning to the dominant which are notoriously difficult on wind instruments. Conversely the central chorale section requires broad legato which is tricky on an organ but is simpler for saxes. This sax octet arrangement requires some accurate ensemble playing but when it comes together provides a magnificent show piece.


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