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Jeu de Cartes

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Bart Picqueur

Bart Picqueur

Subtitle: SATB Saxophone Quartet and Wind Band

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 21:00
Difficulty: V (quartet) / IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Minor Scale Music
Cost: Score and Parts - €250.00   |   Score Only - €70.00

Movements may be purchased separately.


1. Queen of Hearts - 6:40
2. Jack of Spades - 4:05
3. 10 of Diamonds - 4:24
4. The Fool - 5:35


Full Score Solo SATB Saxophone Quartet
Piccolo (optional)
Flute I-II
E-flat Clarinet
] B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto clarinet
B-flat Bass clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophones I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanet
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Drum Set
  • Finger Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Block
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Vibra Slap

Cello (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Jeu de Cartes, written for the Berlin saxophone quartet Clair-obscur, depicts four different characters of playing cards, all of them with a different saxophone in the frontline. Queen of Hearts is stately and sensual; Jack of Spades, as macho as can be; 10 of Diamonds, playful and sexy; and ultimately The Fool... is he as foolish as he pretends to be?... Virtuoso solo parts include some comedy and pantomime.

The Jack of Spades movement features the tenor saxophone and gets the main part in a rough blues improvisation. As the remaining soloists come in, the soprano plays a bit more to the front before returning to the bluesy shuffle featuring the tenor saxophone.

- Program Note from VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band concert program, 16 December 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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