Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (Classical Music) Honours

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Matthew Styles

Abstract

This research will investigate the nature of saxophone quartet repertoire that has resulted from the careers of the Mule, Rascher and Apollo saxophone quartets, who have played important roles in creating a base of concert repertoire for the ensemble. This research aims to identify trends in the styles of repertoire produced, along with the techniques that are required of the performers. This research will discuss nine works that have been commissioned by, or dedicated to, three professional saxophone quartets; the Marcel Mule Quartet, the Rascher Saxophone Quartet, and The Apollo Saxophone Quartet. The quartets have been chosen as they have all played an important role in creating new repertoire for the saxophone quartet. With the Marcel Mule Quartet existing from 1928-1967, the Rascher quartet existing from 1969 to the present day and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet existing from 1985 to the present day, their careers will provide an insight into the development of the saxophone quartet since 1928.

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