Year: 2009 | Grade: 4


Concert Band

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Saxpack was commissioned for the centenary of the Polizeimusik Wien (Vienna police orchestra). One of the most prolific saxophonists in a1l of Austria, Gert Kolaja, is a member of this professional orchestra. One of Otto M. Schwarz’s goals in bis compositions for concert band is to continually develop and expand the genre. That is why Saxpack features a fully composed ‘crime scene’, complete with high-speed chases and experiencing ‘Vienna at night’. The work is composed in a very modern style, incorporating many contemporary saxophone techniques. As well as switching from alto to soprano saxophone, the piece offers ample opportunity to improvise. This is definitely a piece that saxophonists, band, and listeners will enjoy.