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Pavane, Op.50for Woodwind and Saxophones

Gabriel Faure transcribed by Malcolm Binney

Faure's enchanting Pavane began life as a piece for piano and chorus which he later orchestrated and which has now become one of his most popular works. 

This transcription, in the main remains faithful to the scoring of Faure's own orchestral version and the key of F# minor which so beautifully expresses the colours and sonorities of the woodwind section. The bass clarinet and additional quartet of saxophone's contrasting timbres are well suited to conveying the strings and horn writing of the original, and provide a satisfying contrast to the luxuriant woodwinds.

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets in A (3rd doubling Bass Clarinet), 2 Bassoons, 2 Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophone and Baritone Saxophone.

Grade: AB 5-6 US 3-4

Duration c: 6 minutes  


Set and Score

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Pavane, Faure (computer generated performance)

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