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Saxophone 4 Saxophone

Saxophone Grade 4 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 4 (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 Schumann
arr. Salter and Litten
Träumerei (Dreaming)
No. 7 from Kinderscenen, Op. 15
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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2 Singelée
arr. Harris and Calland
Allegro vivace
3rd movt from Premier Quatuor, Op. 53
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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3 Purcell
arr. Denley
Rondeau And Dance for the Haymakers
from The Fairy Queen, Z. 629
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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ABRSM

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4 Hywel Davies Hornpipe
Folk Roots for Alto Saxophone, arr. Davies
Boosey & Hawkes (BH12953)

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5 Elgar
arr. Lanning
Chanson de Matin
The Classic Experience for Alto Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90524)

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6 Mozart
arr. Lanning
Turkish Rondo
from Piano Sonata in A
The Classic Experience for Alto Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90524)

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7 Prokofiev
arr. Lanning
Two Themes
from Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Classic Experience Encores for Alto Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90675)

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8 Schubert
arr. Sparke
Marche militaire
No. 16 from Skilful Solos for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 190-400)

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9 Vivaldi
arr. Sparke
Largo
from Winter
No. 12 from Skilful Solos for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 190-400)

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10 Vivaldi
arr. Sparke
Allegro
from Flute Sonata
Sounds Classical for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 444-400)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Steven Edis Foxglove Swing
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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2 Graham Lyons Bee Line
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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3 Weill and Brecht
arr. Denley
Tango–Ballade
from Die Dreigroschenoper
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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4 Alan Bullard Final Whistle!
No. 11 from Final Whistle! for E♭ Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP206)

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5 Gershwin
arr. Bennett
Summertime
from Porgy and Bess
The Jazz Sax Collection for Alto or Baritone Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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6 Alan Haughton Valse-Barcarolle Or Cakewalk
No. 8 Or No. 9 from Rhythm & Rag for E♭ Saxophone
Alan Haughton: Rhythm & Rag for E♭ Saxophone
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7 Richard Kershaw Lengthening Shadows Or End of a Perfect Day
from Latin Nights for Alto Saxophone
Richard Kershaw: Latin Nights for Alto Saxophone
Hunt Edition (HE90)

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8 Christopher Norton Dixie Or I Saw Three Ships
No. 5 Or No. 10 from The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Alto Saxophone
The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Alto Saxophone
Boosey & Hawkes (BH11988)

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9 Philip Sparke Scales of Justice
No. 11 from Skilful Solos for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 190-400)

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10 Ros Stephen A Nacht in Nyu York
No. 5 from E♭ Saxophone Globetrotters
Ros Stephen: E♭ Saxophone Globetrotters (piano accomp. printable from companion CD)
OUP

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 J. S. Bach
arr. Lewin
Gavotte
from French Suite No. 5, BWV 816
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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2 Rob Buckland The Jazz Detectives
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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3 James Rae February March
No. 19 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
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4 Alan Bullard Show-Stopping Sax Or Melodious Sax
No. 32 Or No. 34 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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5 Mike Mower Drifting Off
No. 14 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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6 Mark Nightingale Ram and Spam Blues
No. 22 from Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Mark Nightingale: Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Warwick Music (WD010)

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7 László Nitski Study in G minor
No. 26 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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8 Verroust Study in B♭
No. 29 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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9 Graham Salter Summer Meadow
from 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Graham Salter: 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Emerson (E417)

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10 Karen Street Standby for Action!
No. 15 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 Schumann
arr. Salter and Litten
Träumerei (Dreaming)
No. 7 from Kinderscenen, Op. 15
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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2 Singelée
arr. Harris and Calland
Allegro vivace
3rd movt from Premier Quatuor, Op. 53
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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3 Purcell
arr. Denley
Rondeau And Dance for the Haymakers
from The Fairy Queen, Z. 629
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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4 Hywel Davies Hornpipe
Folk Roots for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Davies
Boosey & Hawkes

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5 Elgar
arr. Lanning
Chanson de Matin
Classic Experience Collection for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90688)

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6 Mozart
arr. Lanning
Turkish Rondo
from Piano Sonata in A
Classic Experience Collection for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90688)

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7 Prokofiev
arr. Lanning
Two Themes
from Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Classic Experience Collection for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90688)

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8 Schubert
arr. Sparke
Marche militaire
No. 16 from Skilful Solos for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 368-400)

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9 Vivaldi
arr. Sparke
Largo
from Winter
No. 12 from Skilful Solos for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 368-400)

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10 Vivaldi
arr. Sparke
Allegro
from Flute Sonata
Sounds Classical for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 445-400)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Steven Edis Foxglove Swing
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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2 Graham Lyons Bee Line
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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3 Weill and Brecht
arr. Denley
Tango–Ballade
from Die Dreigroschenoper
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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4 Alan Bullard Final Whistle!
No. 11 from Final Whistle! for B♭ Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP207)

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5 Gershwin
arr. Bennett
Summertime
from Porgy and Bess
The Jazz Sax Collection for Tenor or Soprano Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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6 Alan Haughton Valse-Barcarolle Or Cakewalk
No. 8 Or No. 9 from Rhythm & Rag for B♭ Saxophone
Alan Haughton: Rhythm & Rag for B♭ Saxophone
ABRSM

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7 Richard Kershaw Lengthening Shadows Or End of a Perfect Day
from Latin Nights for Tenor Saxophone
Richard Kershaw: Latin Nights for Tenor Saxophone
Hunt Edition (HE91)

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8 Christopher Norton Dixie Or I Saw Three Ships
No. 5 Or No. 10 from The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Tenor Saxophone
The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Tenor Saxophone
Boosey & Hawkes (BH12626)

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9 Philip Sparke Scales of Justice
No. 11 from Skilful Solos for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 368-400)

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10 Ros Stephen A Nacht in Nyu York
No. 5 from B♭ Saxophone Globetrotters
Ros Stephen: B♭ Saxophone Globetrotters (piano accomp. printable from companion CD)
OUP

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 J. S. Bach
arr. Lewin
Gavotte
from French Suite No. 5, BWV 816
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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2 Rob Buckland The Jazz Detectives
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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3 James Rae February March
No. 19 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 4
ABRSM

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4 Alan Bullard Show-Stopping Sax Or Melodious Sax
No. 32 Or No. 34 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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5 Mike Mower Drifting Off
No. 14 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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6 Mark Nightingale Ram and Spam Blues
No. 22 from Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Mark Nightingale: Jazz@Etudes for Saxophone
Warwick Music (WD010)

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7 László Nitski Study in G minor
No. 26 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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8 Verroust Study in B♭
No. 29 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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9 Graham Salter Summer Meadow
from 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Graham Salter: 35 Melodic Studies for Saxophone
Emerson (E417)

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10 Karen Street Standby for Action!
No. 15 from Double Click!! for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP203)

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Saxophone Grade 4 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.

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