Capriol Suite


Composer: Warlock, Peter (Philip Haseltine)
Arranger: R. Stevens
Ensemble: Saxophone Choir Sn 2S 2A 2T 2B Bs
Format: 9 x 12 Score (coil bound 36 pp. Parts 8pp.)
Length: 10’45” (6 movements, all repeats)
Difficulty: Grade 3-5 (Moderate-Difficult)

Capriol Suite (1926)

Peter Warlock (Philip Haseltine)

Saxophone Octet or Saxophone Choir

(SSAATTBB + optional Sn & Bs)

The Capriol Suite, by Peter Warlock arranged for Saxophone Choir. Capriol Suite, written in 1926, is a 6 movement work based on Renaissance dance forms but with an early 20th century harmonic  twist. It is filled with interesting harmonies and unexpected cross rhythms. The movements of the suite are:

  1. Basse-Danse, Allegro moderato
  2. Pavane, Allegretto, ma un poco lento
  3. Tordion, Con moto
  4. Bransles, Presto
  5. Pieds-en-l’air, Andante tranquillo
  6. Mattachins (Sword Dance), Allegro con brio

This transcription contains all 6 movements in their original keys. Originally for strings, this transcription of The Capriol Suite, by Peter Warlock arranged for Saxophone Choir includes individual parts as follows:

  • Full Score (transposed)
  • Sopranino Sax (optional)
  • Soprano 1 & 2
  • Alto 1 & 2
  • Tenor 1 & 2
  • Bari 1 & 2
  • Bass sax (optional)

Alto and tenor saxes 1 & 2 occasionally have divisi sections, making this arrangement suitable for large saxophone choir. The individual movements are fairly short; a performance of the complete suite is about 10.5 minutes. Score is 36 pages, coil bound 9″ x 12″. Parts are 8 pages each, 9″ x 12″ folded sheets, paper tape bound

  • The range for each saxophone part is shown below.
  • Audio and score excerpts are available above.
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Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock for Saxophone Choir

About the composer

Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock, compose portraitPhilip Arnold Heseltine (30 October 1894 – 17 December 1930), known by the pseudonym Peter Warlock, was a British composer and music critic. The Warlock name, which reflects Heseltine’s interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. He is best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music; he also achieved notoriety in his lifetime through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle. Learn more about Peter Warlock.


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