Wednesday, 15 June 2016

JS Bach's Chaconne for Saxophone Quartet

This piece of music originates as a movement from one of JS Bach's Partitas for solo violin - and as such is maybe the greatest single piece of music for that solo instrument. It is also well known in Busoni's transcription for piano - which is also one of my favourite pieces. Here it is done extremely well in a live performance by the Morosco Saxophone Quartet - a combination of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes. Listen to the whole thing - the music is quite astonishingly inventive around a very simple repeating bass/ chordal structure (which is what a 'chaconne' is) - and the arrangement by a chap called Andrew Charlton brings out the variety beautifully.