Capriol Suite


Composer: Warlock, Peter (Philip Haseltine)
Arranger: R. Stevens
Ensemble: Saxophone Choir SSAATTBB
Format: Condensed Score (24 pp. and parts)
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 is for saxophone choir or octet and includes parts as follows:

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

Soprano, 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 minutes.

  • The range for each saxophone part is shown below.
  • Audio and score excerpts are available above.
  • Registered users can download a complete sample score and full length audio file of Capriol Suite on the ‘Samples’ tab.

Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock for Saxophone Choir or Saxophone Octet


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