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Jean

Every Summer my parents invite French exchange students to live with us for a few weeks to improve their knowledge of the English language. This Summer we were fortunate to get a very hard working student named Jean who also happened to be a skilled saxophone player. Not wanting to miss this opportunity to get feedback from an in-house saxophonist, I decided to compose a few songs for the instrument. This was my first, which I decided to dedicate to Jean.

 

Get a copy of the sheet music. It’s free but a small sponsorship is appreciated and will help pay for my music education. Thank you.

 

‘Jean’ is in the key of B flat major, and has a time signature of 6/8. The piece has a form of A-B-A and is quite lyrical overall. The A theme is very beautiful and warm and has 8th triplets played on the piano while the saxophone plays a soulful melody. After a while the key modulates to F major and the B part starts. The B theme, at first is a lot like the A theme, but rapidly builds up steam. Finally, it reaches a huge climax, after which a short piano solo paves the way for the return of the A theme. After the theme comes back, a slow, short coda based on the A theme finishes the piece.

I really like this piece because it sounds quite different from most contemporary and jazz themed saxophone pieces that I’ve heard. What do you think? Please leave a comment below.

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