NOBLE GASES - FLEX (2020)
For Flexible Quintet
Duration Approximately 7:30
FULL SCORE /
Part 1: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Trumpet
Part 2: Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet
Part 3: Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, English Horn, Horn in F
Part 4: Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Horn in F, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon
Part 5: Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax, Bass Trombone, Bassoon, Tuba
*Leans toward Grade 6 for brass players, due to high registers and melodic runs.
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NOBLE GASES is a set of six short works for flexible quintet, inspired by the six noble gases and their applications: Helium (He), Neon (Ne), Argon (Ar), Krypton (Kr), Xenon (Xe), and the radioactive Radon (Rn). Discovered by Sir William Ramsay, these inert chemical elements are extremely rare in nature and have numerous, important applications in science and technology. These short works can be performed as a suite, individually, or in any combination.
New Music Review featured in THE INSTRUMENTALIST MAGAZINE:
"An original six-movement work for SAATB Saxophone Quintet, parts are of similar difficulty, requiring close observance of articulation and dynamic indications for a memorable performance."
Video below is of the world premiere of the completed work, performed by the Royal College of Music, London Saxophone Ensemble, November 22, 2017, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, RCM, London.
Sir William Ramsay, discoverer of the Noble Gases, and fan of Chamber Music (presumably).