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Saxophone Quartet (Glass)

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Philip Glass

Philip Glass

General Info

Year: 1995 / 2003 / 2009
Duration: c. 22:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chester Music through Wise Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $34.50   |   Score Only (print) - $24.75


1. ♩= 116 – 5:40
2. ♩= 144 – 4:35
3. ♩= 104 – 7:00
4. ♩= 144 – 4:20


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Glass is one of the most prolific and performed composers in the history of music. He is considered one of the founders of minimalism even though he prefers to define his compositions as “music with repetitive sounds”.

His Saxophone Quartet was written in 1995, commissioned by the Rascher Saxophone Quartet. In this piece the composer fully explores the tonal possibilities and the sounds of the four instruments. The first movement is delicate and romantic, while the second is characterized by a syncopated rhythm, polyrhythms and louder dynamics. In the third movement we find a sweet and delicate atmosphere with a simple and intimate melody started by the tenor saxophone, which is then followed by the other instruments. The fourth movement is joyous and is influenced by jazz music as is the second one.

- Program Note from liner notes of Brilliant Classics CD A Minimal Sax

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Glass, P. [2009?]. Saxophone Quartet [score]. Chester Music: London.