Arabesque No. 1 - Saxophone Quintet

Arabesque No. 1 - Saxophone Quintet

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“Arabesque” means Arabian, or Arabian style. It originates from an ornamental style that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design. Debussy was inspired by Arabesque, as he elaborated with this fine piece for piano. As seen in works such as “Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune” and “Nocturnes”, Arabesque was attractive to Debussy’s world and helped connect his world to others’. He created a deeply beautiful scene blending the lines of melody and rhythm with the use of duple and triple meter. In the first three sections, use the technique of lingering sound. Do not hasten but play steady throughout 6th-8th section contrasting to free 3 stanza notes of soprano. Remark the sense of uniformity on D and G. Observe well using proportion of tempo and volume freely to make different. On section E, pay close attention to the velocity when climbing up to alto and soprano from tenor. Notice well-blended sounds and different rhythm coming along together, gathering up, and spreading out just like Arabesque ornaments. I look forward to wonderful, lively performances.


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