From the composer: “Where Spirits & Demons Dance” was originally written for Saxophonia, a saxophone choir which evolved out of the National Youth Wind Orchestra, and was premiered at their debut concert in April 1995, at the Purcell Room. It was a luxury to have such a large group of accomplished saxophonists at my disposal so I made few compromises over scoring or technical demands, which are relatively evenly spread throughout the ensemble.
The inspiration came from the haunting and sinister sounds of an old barrel-organ I heard in the Bohemian heart of Amsterdam. The picture I’ve portrayed of Amsterdam’s street life is one of conflict between it’s superficial charm and the sleazier undertones of the environment.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
Soprano Saxophone 1
Soprano Saxophone 2
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
Alto Saxophone 3
Alto Saxophone 4
Tenor Saxophone 1
Tenor Saxophone 2
Tenor Saxophone 3
Baritone Saxophone 1
Baritone Saxophone 2
Baritone Saxophone 3
Percussion 1 – suspended cymbal, tambourine, wood block
Percussion 2 – celesta (or glockenspiel), bass drum, castanets
“Where Spirits & Demons Dance” is also available from June Emerson Wind Music.
I thought I should let you know that I played your piece today and the judge gave me a superior rating and said the piece was thrilling and should be a song all sax players should know!
Calvin Alpers, 20.4.10