From the composer: This was inspired by listening to a CD of The Soweto String Quartet. The title “So We Too” is derived from “Soweto”, which is an abbreviation of “SOuth WEst TOwnship”. The afro centric, infectious rhythms and sweet harmonies of the SSQ inspired me to write this piece for string quartet and solo saxophone (also available from Saxtet Publications).
This is without any great technical difficulties and is a fairly short, fun piece, making it an ideal addition to any concert programme. Percussion instruments may be added.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
Solo Bb Saxophone
“So We Too” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
Soweto and beyond! I actually bought a copy of the Soweto String Quartet’s ‘Rhythms of Africa’ after listening to this piece. ‘So We Too’ certainly encapulates the spirit and exuberance of the original, but also adds a degree of sophistication and style common to all of Nigel Wood’s output on Scorchmusic. Perhaps the composer should offer to pen the material for their next album? Brilliant!
Peter Martin – Sibeliusmusic.com, 16th May 2001