In Celtic Lands (1925)
Maurice Duhamel (1884-1940)
SATB Saxophone Quartet
In Celtic Lands by Maurice Duhamel arranged for saxophone quartet SATB. This work was originally written by Duhamel as a suite of short pieces for piano. They are based on traditional Breton melodies and motifs but some of their harmonies take a decidedly modern turn. The composer later set the work for orchestra. The movements are:
- Welsh Song
- Wedding Procession in Trégor
- Through the Sea Mists of the Hebrides
- Highland Bagpipes
- May Evening in Argoad
- Sword Dance
The SATB saxophone quartet arrangement of In Celtic Lands is complete and in the original keys. The parts are well balanced in that each player gets a turn in the spotlight. The baritone sax part is especially beautiful in movements 3 and 5.
- 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 In Celtic Lands on the ‘Samples’ tab.
About the Composer
Maurice Duhamel was the pen-name of Maurice Bourgeaux, a Breton musician, writer and political activist. He was a leading figure in Breton nationalism and federalist politics in the years before World War II. From youth, he displayed great musical talent, composing his own original works, and collecting and arranging traditional Breton songs. Breton and Celtic folk music had a great influence on his work.