“The Lone Ar-ranger” was originally written for recorders and piano, before appearing, some years later, on SibeliusMusic (formerly Scorch Music) in a setting for piano duet. Since then it has spawned a number of different versions, for wind band, brass band, light orchestra, saxophone quartet, sax trio, and of course this version for sax ensemble.
It’s a fun potpourri of familiar tunes which flash by, often tantalisingly quickly, based on the finale of the “William Tell” Overture. For those young enough not to appreciate the title, Rossini’s music was used as the signature tune for “The Lone Ranger”, one of the first Westerns to hit TV back in the early 1950s!
This arrangement has been re-arranged for sax ensemble by Nigel Wood. The arrangement is flexible and but is scored for a minimum of eight players. There are alternative alto parts for soprano 2 and tenor 1 so it’s ideal for loads of altos! It can also be played using only one baritone and there are optional parts for a sopranino, a second baritone and bass saxophone included.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
Alto Saxophone 3
Tenor Saxophone 1
Tenor Saxophone 2
Baritone Saxophone 1
Alternative & optional parts
Sopranino Saxophone (optional)
Alto Saxophone 4 (optional)
Alto Saxophone 5 (alternative to Soprano Saxophone 2)
Alto Saxophone 6 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 1)
Baritone Saxophone 2 (optional)
Bass Saxophone (optional)
“The Lone Ar-ranger Goes Sax Mad!” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
This looks really COOL!!!!
Russell Zehr, 31st March 2006
This is a cracking version of the Lone Ar-ranger and because the tunes are spread throughout the ensemble the fun is guessing who’s going to pop up next with The Drunken Sailor. (I’d be interested to read answers to that question in the Clarinet & Saxophone letters column – would certainly make a pleasant change from what brand of sandpaper one uses on their Vandorens). Due to the sheer number of parts, balance is really important otherwise the tunes, which can come every two bars, can get lost in the mix. Overall this is a rip-roaring laugh and a guaranteed audience winner.
Gerard McChrystal – Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, Summer 2006
This is an amazing song, although it sounds better and is much harder played faster.
Gina O, 7th October 2008