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Saxophone 5 Saxophone

Saxophone Grade 5 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 5 (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 Alain Crépin Céline Mandarine
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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2 Handel
arr. Bullard
La Paix (Peace) And La Réjouissance (Rejoicing)
3rd movt And 4th movt from Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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3 Fauré
arr. Blackwell
Après un rêve (After a Dream)
No. 1 from Trois mélodies, Op. 7
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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4 J. S. Bach
arr. Denley
Sinfonia
from Cantata No. 156
Time Pieces for E♭ Saxophone, Vol. 2, arr. Denley
ABRSM

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5 Dvořák
arr. Denley
In a Ring! Or Grandpa Dances with Grandma
No. 1 Or No. 2 from Two Little Pearls
Time Pieces for E♭ Saxophone, Vol. 2, arr. Denley
ABRSM

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6 Beethoven
arr. Sparke
Romanze
from Sonatina No. 1
Sounds Classical for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 444-400)

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7 Mozart
arr. Sparke
Adagio
K. Anh. 94, K. 580a
Sounds Classical for Alto Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 444-400)

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8 Bizet
arr. Lanning
Chanson bohème
from Carmen
The Classic Experience for Alto Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90524)

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9 Glinka
arr. Ivanov
Danse
Six pièces russes, Vol. 1, for Alto Saxophone, arr. Ivanov
Lemoine (26201)

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10 Tchaikovsky
arr. Lanning
Waltz
from The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Classic Experience Encores for Alto Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90675)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Jim Parker Bright Young Things
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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2 H. Mancini
arr. Iles
The Pink Panther
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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3 Richard Kershaw Tango Till You Drop!
from Latin Nights for Alto Saxophone
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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4 Appermont Hymn & Dance
(playing 8va in bb. 41–52)
Appermont: Hymn & Dance for Alto Saxophone
Beriato Music (BMI12020558)

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5 József Balogh Palotás And Friss
(observing printed cadenza)
The Light Touch for Alto Saxophone, Book 1
Stainer & Bell (H387)

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6 Ned Bennett An Urge to Splurge
The Jazz Sax Collection for Alto or Baritone Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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7 Gershwin
arr. Bennett
But Not for Me
The Jazz Sax Collection for Alto or Baritone Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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8 Chris Gumbley Extra Time
No. 12 from Final Whistle! for E♭ Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP206)

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9 Christopher Norton Turkey in the Straw
No. 1 from The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Alto Saxophone
The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Alto Saxophone
Boosey & Hawkes (BH11988)

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10 Ros Stephen Transylvanian Stick Dance
No. 12 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 Alan Bullard Saxophone Stomp
No. 39 from Sixty for Sax
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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2 Rossini
arr. Lewin
Aria
from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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3 Karen Street Paradise Ballroom
from Streetworks
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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4 Blémant Study in G
No. 41 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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5 Ferling Study in A minor
No. 42 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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6 Alan Bullard Samba Sax
No. 41 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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7 Chris Gumbley Icon See Clearly Now
No. 16 from Double Click!! for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP203)

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8 Mike Mower Small Town Swing Or Bucolic Bounce
No. 15 Or No. 17 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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9 James Rae One O'clock Shuffle Or Beth's Bossa
No. 21 Or No. 25 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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10 Jeffery Wilson Pres
No. 1 from Jazz Paraphrase for Saxophone
Jeffery Wilson: Jazz Paraphrase for Saxophone
Camden Music (CM278)

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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 Alain Crépin Céline Mandarine
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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2 Handel
arr. Bullard
La Paix (Peace) And La Réjouissance (Rejoicing)
3rd movt And 4th movt from Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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3 Fauré
arr. Blackwell
Après un rêve (After a Dream)
No. 1 from Trois mélodies, Op. 7
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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4 Anon.
arr. Calland and Harris
Spanish Love Song
Selected Solos for Soprano/Tenor Saxophone, Grades 4–6
Faber

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5 J. S. Bach
arr. Denley
Sinfonia
from Cantata No. 156
Time Pieces for B♭ Saxophone, Vol. 2, arr. Denley
ABRSM

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6 Dvořák
arr. Denley
In a Ring! Or Grandpa Dances with Grandma
No. 1 Or No. 2 from Two Little Pearls
Time Pieces for B♭ Saxophone, Vol. 2, arr. Denley
ABRSM

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7 Beethoven
arr. Sparke
Romanze
from Sonatina No. 1
Sounds Classical for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 445-400)

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8 Mozart
arr. Sparke
Adagio
K. Anh. 94, K. 580a
Sounds Classical for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Sparke
Anglo Music (AMP 445-400)

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9 Bizet
arr. Lanning
Farandole
from L'arlésienne, Suite No. 2
Classic Experience Collection for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90688)

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10 Musorgsky
arr. Ivanov
Larme
Six pièces russes, Vol. 2, for Tenor or Soprano Saxophone, arr. Ivanov
Lemoine (26507)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Jim Parker Bright Young Things
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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2 H. Mancini
arr. Iles
The Pink Panther
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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3 Richard Kershaw Tango Till You Drop!
from Latin Nights for Tenor Saxophone
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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4 Appermont Hymn & Dance
Appermont: Hymn & Dance for B♭ Soprano Saxophone
Beriato Music (BMI15010635)

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5 Ned Bennett An Urge to Splurge
The Jazz Sax Collection for Tenor or Soprano Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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6 Gershwin
arr. Bennett
But Not for Me
The Jazz Sax Collection for Tenor or Soprano Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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7 Chris Gumbley Extra Time
No. 12 from Final Whistle! for B♭ Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP207)

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8 Paul Harris Saxsequential
Selected Solos for Soprano/Tenor Saxophone, Grades 4–6
Faber

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9 Christopher Norton Turkey in the Straw
No. 1 from The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Tenor Saxophone
The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Tenor Saxophone
Boosey & Hawkes (BH12626)

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10 Ros Stephen Transylvanian Stick Dance
No. 12 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 Alan Bullard Saxophone Stomp
No. 39 from Sixty for Sax
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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2 Rossini
arr. Lewin
Aria
from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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3 Karen Street Paradise Ballroom
from Streetworks
Saxophone Exam Pieces 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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Saxophone Exam Pack 2018–2021, Grade 5
ABRSM

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4 Blémant Study in G
No. 41 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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5 Ferling Study in A minor
No. 42 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 1
Faber

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6 Alan Bullard Samba Sax
No. 41 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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7 Chris Gumbley Icon See Clearly Now
No. 16 from Double Click!! for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP203)

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8 Mike Mower Small Town Swing Or Bucolic Bounce
No. 15 Or No. 17 from The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Mike Mower: The Good-Tempered Saxophone
Itchy Fingers Publications (057)

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9 James Rae One O'clock Shuffle Or Beth's Bossa
No. 21 Or No. 25 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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10 Jeffery Wilson Pres
No. 1 from Jazz Paraphrase for Saxophone
Jeffery Wilson: Jazz Paraphrase for Saxophone
Camden Music (CM278)

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Saxophone Grade 5 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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