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PLEASE NOTE: I may not liberally add expression, slurs, etc., especially to early music. Absence of these does not mean play unmusically!

All the pieces on this page are now in MuseScore 3. MuseScore 4 has now been released, but if this is used the layout of the pieces may be incorrect; in particular, the paging may be wrong (e.g. one page + a few bars on the next page). Both the latest and older versions of MuseScore can be downloaded for free from here .
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Saxophone Music)    S = soprano;  A = alto;  T = tenor;  B = baritone
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Largo from Xerxes
(Ode to a tree)

Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB
The solo line (Xerxes) is given to instrument 1, while the upper line from the short orchestral sections is given to another instrument, as indicated in the parts.

Lascia Ch'io Piango

Saxophone quartet SATB
The solo line (Almarina) is given to instrument 1, while the upper line from the short orchestral section is given to another instrument, as indicated in the parts.


Farnaby Suite

Saxophone quartet SATB
Arranged from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book:
    Farnaby's Conceit / Giles Farnaby's Dream / His Rest / His Humour


Come Live with Me

Saxophone quartet SATB
An instrumental version of a choral piece written for a wedding on words by Christopher Marlow: "Come live with me and be my love" (verses 1-5).

Gone are the Days

Saxophone quartet SATB
Another converted choral piece suitable for a funeral or other time of memory; secular or sacred.

The Knave of Hearts

Saxophone quartet SATB
An instrumental version of a choral piece on words by Gelett Burgess: a clever poem based on features of the card game Euchre.

Antique Suite

Saxophones AAT or AATB
A suite of 4 movements loosely inspired by Susato.
4-part in F; for 3-part omit the baritone part.



Saxophone quartet SATB
A haunting piece arranged from a composition for mixed choir, based on a poem by Humbert Wolfe. Please see Percy Snowdon's page.


"Fair Phyllis"
Three madrigals based on Phyllis

Saxophone quartet SATB
Fair Phyllis - John Farmer
Phyllis, Farewell - Thomas Bateson
Amyntas with this Phyllis fair - Francis Pilkington

Four English Madrigals

Saxophone quartet SATB
April is in my mistress' face - Thomas Morley
Weep, O mine eyes - John Bennet
Adieu, sweet Amaryllis - John Wilbye
Construe my meaning - Giles Farnaby

Two English Madrigals
Whose titles contain transferred epithets

Saxophone quartet SATB
In going to my naked bed - Richard Edwards
Ye restless thoughts - John Bennett

Four English Madrigals
(for SSAB)

Saxophone quartet SSAB
Among the daffadillies - Giles Farnaby
I will come no more to thee - Thomas Morley
Awake mine eyes - William Byrd
Young Cupid hath proclained - Thomas Weelkes


Prophetiae Sybillarum


Saxophone quartet SATB
             (large files)
See Wikipedia for information:

Suggestion: play the opening prologue and then a selection (say 2) of the motets. These highly chromatic pieces are excellent for encouraging accurate tuning.


Doppelfuge in d moll (Dorisch)

Saxophone quartet SSAB
Arranged from the organ score.


Dido's Lament & Chorus

Saxophone quartet SATB
From Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneus.
  Thy hand, Belinda (recit.)
  When I am laid in earth (air)
  With drooping wings (chorus) [not in quintet version]

3 tunes from King Arthur

Saxophone quartet SATB
From Purcell's opera King Arthur:  Come if you dare / How blest are shepherds / Fairest Isle

Passacaglia from King Arthur

Saxophone quartet SSTB or SSAB
"How happy the lover" from the fourth act. Violin & Oboe phrases generally represented by swapping between 1st & 2nd parts; solo tenor given to 3rd part; some phrases added to represent continuo.

Rondeau & Air from Abdelazar

Saxophone quartet SATB
The famous Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazar Suite, and the Air that follows it - numbers II and III in the suite.

Thou Knowest, Lord

Saxophone quartet SATB
Anthem; words included in the parts.

If Music be the Food of Love

Saxophone quartet SATB
4-part arrangement allowing for either one verse or two.

Fantasia for Viols a4 (no.7)

Saxophone quartet SATB

Chacony in G minor

Saxophone quartet SSAB
Originally for string quartet.


Canzonetta in G

Saxophone quartet SATB
A 2-section fugal canzonetta for organ.
a) in the original key
b) transposed up one semitone.

Fugue in G

Saxophone quartet SATB
A double fugue in 3 sections, originally for organ.


O Bone, O Dulcis

Saxophone quartet SATB
Motet; original pitch


Two pieces from Banchetto Musicale

Saxophone quartet SSTB-AATB
Original pitch, requiring instrument change between pieces.
1.  Intrada à 4 (SSTB)
2.  Padouana à 4 (AATB)


Galliarde Battaglia

Saxophone quartet SSAB or SSTB
Two equal soprano parts

Christe, qui lux

Saxophone quartet SATB


Two Motets
  Ave Maria / O Vos Omnes

Saxophone quartet SATB
O Vos transposed down a fifth



Described as "For all musical instruments"
 Superius / Contra-tenor / Tenor / Bassus
             (large files)
"Het derde musyck boexken" (1551), also known as Danserye, in an urtext edition in which the 4 part books are combined into a score, as described here.


Basse Dance No.8
  "Danse du Roy"

Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB
Original pitch (transposed for the instruments).
Parts are 1 page each.

Basse Dance 7 & Rondo 7 (nos 7,19)
  "Entre du fol" & "Il estoit une filette"

Saxophone quartet SATB/AATB/ATTB
Original pitch (transposed for the instruments).
Parts are 1 page each.

Basse Dance & Reprise (nos 10,11)
  "Mon desir" & "Le cueur est bon"

Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB
Danserye no.10 transposed up a fourth; no.11 transposed down a tone.
Parts 2 pages each.

Danserye Selection
Nos. 2,7,18,22,37,43,54,32

Saxophone quartet SATB/AATB/ATTB
All or a subset may be played as a suite. The pieces have been transposed to lie within the range of the instruments.  The clarinet parts for the galliards are a 4th higher than for the saxes.

Further Danserye Selection
Nos. 20,39,52,29,41

Saxophone quartet SATB/AATB/ATTB
The first 3 pieces are on the same theme "Mille ducas en vostre bource".

Pavane & Galliarde "La Dona"
Nos. 38,50

Saxophone quartet SATB or AATB

Basse Danses & Morisque
Nos. 9,6,5

Saxophone quartet ATTB or TTTB
Le Ioly Boys - Le Grand Dolours - La Morisque
transposed up a 4th


Pavanne & Gaillarde Ferrareze

Saxophone quartet SATB
From Phalese Danseries, 1571 & 1583


Zwei geistliche Choere

Saxophone quartet ATTB or TTTB
Two male-voice (TTBB) unaccompanied motets:   Beati mortui & Periti autem. Set in the original key.