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Saxophone 1 Saxophone

Saxophone Grade 1 exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and broken chords, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

Saxophone Grade 1 (2018-2021)

Alto or Baritone Saxophone pieces

Three pieces: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C - 30 marks each

List A

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Dowland
arr. Denley
download Fine Knacks for Ladies
from The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres
 
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2 Handel
arr. Scott-Burt
download March
from Scipio, HWV 20
 
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3 Trad. Scottish
arr. Bullard
download Skye Boat Song
 
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4 Brahms
arr. Scott
Cradle Song
Time Travels for Saxophone, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-09)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Time Travels for E♭ Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-14)
5 Trad. Russian
arr. Buckland
Song of the Volga Boatmen
Time Travels for Saxophone, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-09)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Time Travels for E♭ Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-14)
6 Glazunov
arr. Harris and Calland
Theme and Variations
First Repertoire for Alto Saxophone, arr. Harris and Calland
Faber

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7 Schubert
arr. Kolman
Entr'acte Music
from Rosamunde, D. 797
Repertoire Explorer for Alto Saxophone
Universal (UE21486)

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8 Philip Sparke A Victorian Ballad
No. 5 from Skilful Solos for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 190-400)

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9 Susato
arr. Sparke
Les grands douleurs
Basse Dance No. 6 from Danserye
Sounds Classical for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 444-400)

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10 Trad. Irish
arr. Lawrance
The Minstrel Boy
Winner Scores All for Saxophone, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Alto Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331APA)

List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Brahms
arr. Litten
Sandmännchen (The Little Sandman)
No. 4 from Volks-Kinderlieder, WoO 31
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2 Ned Bennett Jazz Music for Beetles
from Jazz Club Alto Saxophone, Grades 1–2
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3 James Rae On the Ball
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4 Ned Bennett Open Window
from Jazz Club Alto Saxophone, Grades 1–2
Ned Bennett: Jazz Club Alto Saxophone, Grades 1–2
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5 Rob Buckland Saxi-Taxi
Time Travels for Saxophone, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-09)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Time Travels for E♭ Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-14)
6 James Rae Rumba
Repertoire Explorer for Alto Saxophone
Universal (UE21486)

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7 R. and R. Sherman
arr. Lawrance
Truly Scrumptious
from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Winner Scores All for Saxophone, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Alto Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331APA)
8 Philip Sparke Nice to See You Again
No. 1 from Skilful Solos for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 190-400)

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9 Ros Stephen Guanabara Bay
No. 1 from E♭ Saxophone Globetrotters
Ros Stephen: E♭ Saxophone Globetrotters (piano accomp. printable from companion CD)
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10 Sullivan
arr. Sparke
Ah, leave me not to pine
from The Pirates of Penzance
Sounds Classical for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 444-400)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Ian Morrison Swinging Circles
No. 4 from Blues for One, Vol. 1
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2 Graham Salter Gossip
from 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
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3 Trad. English
arr. Lewin
Sweet Nightingale
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4 Alan Bullard Marching Sax Or Sax Café
No. 3 Or No. 5 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
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5 Garnier Study in C
No. 11 from 80 Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
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6 Lazarus Study in C
No. 4 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
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7 Mike Mower Knock Knock
No. 6 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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8 Mark Nightingale Logging On
No. 1 from Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Mark Nightingale: Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Warwick Music (WD010)

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9 James Rae Blue Waltz
No. 2 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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10 Karen Street Easy P.C.
No. 2 from Double Click!! for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP203)

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Soprano or Tenor Saxophone pieces

Three pieces: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C - 30 marks each

List A

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Dowland
arr. Denley
Fine Knacks for Ladies
from The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
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2 Handel
arr. Scott-Burt
March
from Scipio, HWV 20
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
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3 Trad. Scottish
arr. Bullard
Skye Boat Song
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4 Brahms
arr. Scott
Cradle Song
Time Travels for Saxophone, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-09)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Time Travels for B♭ Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-13)
5 Trad. Russian
arr. Buckland
Song of the Volga Boatmen
Time Travels for Saxophone, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-09)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Time Travels for B♭ Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-13)
6 Glazunov
arr. Harris and Calland
Theme and Variations
Selected Solos for Soprano/Tenor Saxophone, Grades 1–3
Faber

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7 Schubert
arr. Kolman
Entr'acte Music
from Rosamunde, D. 797
Repertoire Explorer for Tenor Saxophone
Universal (UE21612)

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8 Philip Sparke A Victorian Ballad
No. 5 from Skilful Solos for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 368-400)

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9 Susato
arr. Sparke
Les grands douleurs
Basse Dance No. 6 from Danserye
Sounds Classical for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 445-400)

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10 Trad. Irish
arr. Lawrance
The Minstrel Boy
Winner Scores All for Saxophone, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Tenor Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331TPA)

List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Brahms
arr. Litten
Sandmännchen (The Little Sandman)
No. 4 from Volks-Kinderlieder, WoO 31
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 1
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2 Ned Bennett Jazz Music for Beetles
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 1
ABRSM

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3 James Rae On the Ball
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
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4 Ned Bennett Open Window
from Jazz Club Tenor Saxophone, Grades 1–2
Ned Bennett: Jazz Club Tenor Saxophone, Grades 1–2
IMP (7533A)

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5 Rob Buckland Saxi-Taxi
Time Travels for Saxophone, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-09)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Time Travels for B♭ Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Buckland and Scott
Astute Music (am242-13)
6 James Rae Rumba
Repertoire Explorer for Tenor Saxophone
Universal (UE21612)

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7 R. and R. Sherman
arr. Lawrance
Truly Scrumptious
from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Winner Scores All for Saxophone, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Tenor Saxophone, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0331TPA)
8 Philip Sparke Nice to See You Again
No. 1 from Skilful Solos for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 368-400)

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9 Ros Stephen Guanabara Bay
No. 1 from B♭ Saxophone Globetrotters
Ros Stephen: B♭ Saxophone Globetrotters (piano accomp. printable from companion CD)
OUP

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10 Sullivan
arr. Sparke
Ah, leave me not to pine
from The Pirates of Penzance
Sounds Classical for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 445-400)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Ian Morrison Swinging Circles
No. 4 from Blues for One, Vol. 1
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 1
ABRSM

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2 Graham Salter Gossip
from 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 1
ABRSM

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3 Trad. English
arr. Lewin
Sweet Nightingale
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 1
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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 1
ABRSM

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4 Alan Bullard Marching Sax Or Sax Café
No. 3 Or No. 5 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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5 Garnier Study in C
No. 11 from 80 Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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6 Lazarus Study in C
No. 4 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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7 Mike Mower Knock Knock
No. 6 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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8 Mark Nightingale Logging On
No. 1 from Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Mark Nightingale: Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Warwick Music (WD010)

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9 James Rae Blue Waltz
No. 2 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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10 Karen Street Easy P.C.
No. 2 from Double Click!! for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP203)

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Saxophone Grade 1 Saxophone

Key exam information

Additional information

Candidates enter for an exam on Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Baritone saxophone. There are separate repertoire lists for the Eb and Bb instruments; all other requirements are common to the four instruments.

Related instrument option: At all grades, candidates for any of the four saxophones (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone) have the option of playing their List C piece on one of the other three. There is no advantage to be gained over other candidates in taking this option, and all the other requirements must be played using the saxophone on which the candidate has entered.

In Grades 1–3, candidates may play a non-metal saxophone.

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