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Saxophone 2 Saxophone

Saxophone Grade 2 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 2 (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 C. P. E. Bach
arr. Blackwell
download Allegretto
No. 6 from Kurze und leichte Klavierstücke, H 198
 
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2 Glinka
arr. Litten
download Polka
 
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3 Shield
arr. Davies
download The Ploughboy
 
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4 Anon.
arr. Sparke
Mr Scoolding's Minuet
Sounds Classical for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 444-400)

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5 Marjorie Corker
arr. Denley
On the Hills
from In Ireland
Time Pieces for E♭ Saxophone, Vol. 1, arr. Denley
ABRSM

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6 Gluck
arr. Lawrance
Aria
from Orfeo ed Euridice
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)
7 Handel
arr. Harris and Calland
Trio
from Water Music
First Repertoire for Alto Saxophone, arr. Harris and Calland
Faber

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8 Schubert
arr. Scott
Who is Sylvia?
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)
9 Tchaikovsky
arr. Buckland
March of the Wooden Soldiers
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)
10 Philip Sparke Trumpet Tune
No. 6 from Skilful Solos for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 190-400)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Beswick download Farewell for a Fox
No. 1 from Six for Sax
 
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2 Kabalevsky
arr. Bullard
download Waltz
No. 13 from 24 Easy Pieces, Op. 39
 
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3 Ros Stephen download Greenmarket Square
No. 2 from E♭ Saxophone Globetrotters
 
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4 Bart
arr. Harris and Calland
Food, Glorious Food!
from Oliver!
First Repertoire for Alto Saxophone, arr. Harris and Calland
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5 Ned Bennett Barbeque Blues
from Jazz Club Alto Saxophone, Grades 1–2
Ned Bennett: Jazz Club Alto Saxophone, Grades 1–2
IMP (7532A)

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6 Rob Buckland Paris
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)
7 Alan Bullard Waltzing to Wembley
No. 3 from Final Whistle! for E♭ Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP206)

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8 Gilkyson
arr. Lawrance
The Bare Necessities
from The Jungle Book
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)
9 Alan Haughton Flying High
No. 2 from Rhythm & Rag for E♭ Saxophone
Alan Haughton: Rhythm & Rag for E♭ Saxophone
ABRSM

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10 Philip Sparke Pony and Trap Or Summer Siesta
No. 2 Or No. 3 from Skilful Solos for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 190-400)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Bizet
arr. ABRSM
download Prelude
from L'Arlésienne, Suite No. 1
 
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2 Pete Churchill download Boston Blues
 
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3 Mark Nightingale download New Document
No. 4 from Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
 
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4 C. Baermann Study in C
No. 12 from 80 Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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5 Alan Bullard Grooving Sax Or Sax Swings Out
No. 16 Or No. 18 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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6 Chris Gumbley Mouse Drop-In
No. 4 from Double Click!! for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP203)

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7 Klosé Study in G
No. 16 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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8 Mike Mower Flat Feet
No. 8 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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9 James Rae March of the Chipolatas Or Crystal Waltz
No. 4 Or No. 6 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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10 Graham Salter Blown Away
from 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Graham Salter: 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Emerson (E417)

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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 C. P. E. Bach
arr. Blackwell
Allegretto
No. 6 from Kurze und leichte Klavierstücke, H 198
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
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2 Glinka
arr. Litten
Polka
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
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3 Shield
arr. Davies
The Ploughboy
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4 Anon.
arr. Sparke
Mr Scoolding's Minuet
Sounds Classical for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 445-400)

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5 Marjorie Corker
arr. Denley
On the Hills
from In Ireland
Time Pieces for B♭ Saxophone, Vol. 1, arr. Denley
ABRSM

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6 Gluck
arr. Lawrance
Aria
from Orfeo ed Euridice
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)
7 Handel
arr. Harris and Calland
Trio
from Water Music
Selected Solos for Soprano/Tenor Saxophone, Grades 1–3
Faber

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8 Schubert
arr. Scott
Who is Sylvia?
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)
9 Tchaikovsky
arr. Buckland
March of the Wooden Soldiers
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)
10 Philip Sparke Trumpet Tune
No. 6 from Skilful Solos for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 368-400)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Beswick Farewell for a Fox
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
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2 Kabalevsky
arr. Bullard
Waltz
No. 13 from 24 Easy Pieces, Op. 39
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 2
ABRSM

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3 Ros Stephen Greenmarket Square
No. 2 from B♭ Saxophone Globetrotters
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
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4 Ned Bennett Missed Chances
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 Paris
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 Alan Bullard Waltzing to Wembley
No. 3 from Final Whistle! for B♭ Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP207)

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7 Gilkyson
arr. Lawrance
The Bare Necessities
from The Jungle Book
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 Alan Haughton Flying High
No. 2 from Rhythm & Rag for B♭ Saxophone
Alan Haughton: Rhythm & Rag for B♭ Saxophone
ABRSM

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9 Philip Sparke Pony and Trap Or Summer Siesta
No. 2 Or No. 3 from Skilful Solos for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 368-400)

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10 Pam Wedgwood Chinese Take It Away
Selected Solos for Soprano/Tenor Saxophone, Grades 1–3
Faber

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Bizet
arr. ABRSM
Prelude
from L'Arlésienne, Suite No. 1
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
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2 Pete Churchill Boston Blues
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 2
ABRSM

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3 Mark Nightingale New Document
No. 4 from Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 2
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 2
ABRSM

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4 C. Baermann Study in C
No. 12 from 80 Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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5 Alan Bullard Grooving Sax Or Sax Swings Out
No. 16 Or No. 18 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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6 Chris Gumbley Mouse Drop-In
No. 4 from Double Click!! for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP203)

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7 Klosé Study in G
No. 16 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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8 Mike Mower Flat Feet
No. 8 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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9 James Rae March of the Chipolatas Or Crystal Waltz
No. 4 Or No. 6 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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10 Graham Salter Blown Away
from 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Graham Salter: 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Emerson (E417)

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Saxophone Grade 2 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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