Duet for Saxophones F60
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710–1784)
Sax Duet, Two Alike Saxophones
Duet for Saxophones, F.60 by W. F. Bach arranged for sax duet (two alike saxophones) This duet is in three movements: Allegro, Lamento (largo), and Presto. This sax duet is a transcription of one of W.F. Bach’s Duets for Two Violas. The viola works were written late in his career when Baroque-style counterpoint had gone out of style. The source of this transcription was originally in the key of G but has been transposed to the key of B flat for saxophones. The pitch ranges for both parts are shown below. The duet is intended to be performed on two alike saxophones (Alto/Alto, Tenor/Tenor, etc) but could be played by two saxes in the same pitch (Soprano/Tenor or Alto/Bari).
- The range for each saxophone part is shown below.
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W.F. Bach, eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, was a German composer and musician whose troubled personality and erratic career made him considerably less influential than his younger brother, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, despite his acknowledged talents as an organist, improviser, and composer in the galant, or rococo style of the mid-18th century. He incorporated more elements of his father than his three composer brothers, but his use of that style has an individualistic and improvisatory edge which endeared his work to musicians of the late 19th century, when there was something of a revival of his reputation.