Irish Fantasy


from the 2nd String Quartet
Composer: Hennessey, Swann
Arranger: R. Stevens
Ensemble: Sax Quartet SATB
Format: Score (8pp) and parts
Length: 5.5 minutes (2 movements)
Difficulty: Grade 3.5-4 (Moderate  to Moderately Difficult)

Irish Fantasy

Swann Hennessy (1866-1929)

SATB Saxophone Quartet

Irish Fantasy by Swann Hennessy, for SATB saxophone quartet. This fantasy is based on Hennessy’s Second String Quartet. It is comprised of excerpts of the two final movements of that work and includes many well known Irish tunes including “Coming Thro’ the Rye” and “Charlie, He’s My Darling”. If you enjoy playing Eliot del Borgo’s Irish Suite, you might like Hennessy’s Irish Fantasy.

This transcription is for SATB Saxophone Quartet. No altissimo is required of any player but the full range of the saxophone is used.

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Irish Fantasy by Hennessey for SATB Saxophone Quartet

Swann Hennessy was a concert pianist and composer of Irish descent born in Rockford Illinois. He studied in Stuttgart, settled in France and died in Paris in 1929. He published many chamber works – most with a strong Celtic or Irish flavor.


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