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Tenor sax pieces

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I'm looking for a piece for a classical competition. I'm playing Fuzzy Bird on alto and i'm looking for something similar on tenor. I don't want to play the same standard stuff that everyone plays that's why i choose Fuzzy Bird on alto. If anyone has any suggestions it would be appreciated.


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There are a number of excellent works available for tenor, and I think professional players both now and waiting in the wings should do their best to get more tenor rep written. My first suggestion would be Michael Cunningham's "Trigon op.31" - I think this would be most similar to Fuzzy Bird since there are jazz influenced elements to the work. You could also try Marc Satterwhite's "aprilmourningmusic," which is a very somber, emotional work for tenor and prepared piano (plenty of altissimo in this one though). There is also a sonata by Hans Kox that is supposed to be very good (although I have not heard it myself).
Thanks for your reply. Do you know where I could hear clips of these songs?
Try the James DiPasquale Sonata for Tenor Sax and Piano.

I think that Houlik has recorded Trigon, but I'm not sure. As for the other two pieces, there are no commercially available recordings that I know about - there might be some live bootlegs available though.
James Houlik did record "Trigon" by Michael Cunningham on his CD Tenor Tapestry, available directly from Houlik at

I second the Di Pasquale but it is fairly "standard" for tenor.
"The Upward Stream" by Russel Peck is probably one of the best (if not the best) concertos ever written for saxophone, let alone tenor. Check it out.
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