Gershwin Fantasy, A

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George Gershwin (arr. Ralph Martino)

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Subtitle: For Alto Sax and Band

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: VI (solo); III (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

While serving as an arranger and composer with the U.S. Navy Band, Ralph Martino has combined a number of Gershwin’s greatest melodies, including I Got Rhythm, Summertime, and It Ain’t Necessarily So into a brilliant display piece for Dale Underwood and his alto saxophone artistry.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

A Gershwin Fantasy was arranged by Ralph Martino in 1991 for Dale Underwood and the U.S. Navy Band. The arrangement takes several of George Gershwin’s greatest hits and combines them into a medley for saxophone and concert band. The piece was primarily performed on tour with the Navy Band, but was so popular that it has become one of Dale’s signature pieces.

- Program Note from Summit High School Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2017


State Ratings

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  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor; ; Paul Lorenz, alto saxophone) - 14 January 2023 (Indiana University Music Educators Association Conference, Ft. Wayne)
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor; Paul Lorenz, alto saxophone) - 8 December 2022
  • Roseville (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Stephanie Sugano, conductor; Russell Veirs, alto saxophone) - 6 June 2022
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor; Katherine Weintraub-Pearce, alto saxophone) - 14 October 2021
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor; Dale Underwood, alto saxophone) – 16 March 2019
  • Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Manitowoc, Wisc.) (Marc Sackman, conductor; David Lovrien, alto saxophone) – 20 October 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor; Otis Murphy, alto saxophone) – 15 April 2018
  • Summit High School (Arlington, Tex.) Wind Symphony (Chris Kanicki, conductor; Dale Underwood, alto saxophone) - 21 December 2017 (2017 Midwest Clinic)
  • Virginia (Alexandria) Grand Military Band (Loras John Schissel, conductor; Dale Underwood, saxophone) – 11 November 2017
  • Singapore Wind Symphony (Lien Boon Hua, conductor; Samuel Phua, alto saxophone) – 20 December 2015
  • "Salesiana del Niño Jesús" Symphonic Band (Rogelio Arturo Castro-García, conductor; Nicolás Castro Granados, saxophone) – 23 October 2017
  • Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds (Woodland Hills, Calif.) (Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor; Dale Underwood, saxophone) – 16 December 2004 (2004 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Gershwin, G.; Martino. [197?]. A Gershwin Fantasy: For Alto Sax and Band [score]. [s.n.]:[s.l.]