“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, sax quartet, saxophone ensemble and for sax trio.
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 trio by Nigel Wood. It comes complete with multiple parts so that any of the following combinations of saxophones can be used:
SAB, SAT, STB, STT, ATT, AAT, AAB, ATB.
Please note: the various editions of “The Lone Ar-ranger” are not necessarily compatible or interchangeable.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
Soprano Saxophone (alternative to Alto Saxophone 2)
Alto Saxophone 1 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 1)
Baritone Saxophone (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 2)
Alto Saxophone 2 (alternative to Soprano Saxophone)
Tenor Saxophone 1 (alternative to Alto Saxophone 1)
Tenor Saxophone 2 (alternative to Baritone Saxophone)
“The Lone Ar-ranger” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
Well this version goes to prove that the phrase less is more isn’t always true. This trio version would be useful if you have only got two friends but otherwise I much prefer the one for quartet. The soprano and alto bounce off each other for most of the piece with the third part trying to fill in the harmonic gaps. Like any threesome someone always feels left out. Once again there was an emptiness and lack of atmosphere. This resulted in a piece that should be effervescent and flamboyant feeling a tad self-conscious.
Gerard McChrystal – Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, Summer 2006