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Saxophone 6 Saxophone

Saxophone Grade 6 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 6 (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 Damase download download Vacances
 
Damase: Vacances for Alto Saxophone
Billaudot (GB4949)

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2 Guilhaud
arr. Strevens
download download Andante religieux
from Trois Pièces
 
Guilhaud: Trois Pièces, for Alto or Baritone Saxophone, arr. Strevens
Samek Music (CSCP007)

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3 Handel
trans. Rascher
download Largo And Allegro
3rd movt And 4th movt from Sonata No. 3
Handel: Sonata No. 3 for Alto Saxophone, trans. Rascher
Hal Leonard–Faber (HL00347808)

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4 Dirko Juchem Moderato Or Rondo
1st movt Or 3rd movt from Petite Suite
Dirko Juchem: Petite Suite, for Alto Saxophone
Schott (ED 21302)

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5 Kalinnikov
arr. Ivanov
download Chanson triste
Six pièces russes, Vol. 1, for Alto Saxophone, arr. Ivanov
Lemoine (26201)

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6 Koechlin download Pour la douceur des attaques
from 15 études, Op. 188
No. 4 from Koechlin: Études, for Alto Saxophone
Billaudot (EFM1008)

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No. 9 from Koechlin: 15 études, Op. 188, for Alto Saxophone
Billaudot (GB7810)

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7 Lantier Sicilienne
Lantier: Sicilienne, for Alto Saxophone
Leduc (AL 20261)

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8 Massenet
arr. Lanning
download Meditation
from Thaïs
The Classic Experience for Alto Saxophone, arr. Lanning
Cramer (90524)

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9 Saint-Saëns
trans. Rainford
download Andantino
1st movt from Sonata, Op. 166
Saint-Saëns: Sonata, Op. 166, for Alto Saxophone, trans. Rainford
Forton Music (FM134)

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10 Philip Sparke download Little Overture
No. 1 from Super Solos for Alto Saxophone
Philip Sparke: Super Solos for Alto Saxophone
Anglo Music (AMP 263-400)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Ned Bennett Lamplight
The Jazz Sax Collection for Alto or Baritone Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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2 Binge download Romance
2nd movt from Concerto for Alto Saxophone
Binge: Concerto for Alto Saxophone
Weinberger

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3 Colin Crabb Sax in the City
(bb. 69–99 as written)
Colin Crabb: Sax in the City (E♭/B♭ edition)
Saxtet Publications (Sax023)

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4 Mick Foster download download For Astor
No. 2 from Five Contemporary Dances
 
Mick Foster: Five Contemporary Dances (E♭/B♭ edition)
Saxtet Publications (Sax042)

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5 Lawson Lunde Andantino cantabile
2nd movt from Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Lawson Lunde: Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Southern Music (HL03774405)

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6 Christopher Norton download Black Sheep of the Family
No. 14 from The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Alto Saxophone
The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Alto Saxophone
Boosey & Hawkes (BH11988)

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7 Roberto Pintos download download Balada nocturna
from Tangos
 
Roberto Pintos: Tangos for Alto Saxophone
Doblinger (DO05483)

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8 Yuri Povolotsky download download From the Sixties
3rd movt from Suite in Retro Style
 
Yuri Povolotsky: Suite in Retro Style for Alto Saxophone
Forton Music (FM499)

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9 Pascal Proust Paris Dance
Pascal Proust: Paris Dance for Alto Saxophone
De Haske (DHP 1155655-401)

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10 Andy Scott download And Everything is Still...
Andy Scott: And Everything is Still… for Alto Saxophone
Astute Music (am104-25)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Blémant Study in G
No. 51 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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2 Karg-Elert download download Cubana Or Giga
 
No. 52 Or No. 55 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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3 Verroust Study in G
No. 60 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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4 Alan Bullard download Expressive Sax Or Impetuous Sax
No. 46 Or No. 47 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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5 P.-M. Dubois download Paso-doble
No. 13 from 17 Études dansantes
P.-M. Dubois: 17 Études dansantes, for Solo Saxophone
Billaudot (GB5740)

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6 Chris Gumbley download Tongue Twister
No. 9 from 15 More Crazy Jazz Studies for Solo Saxophone
Chris Gumbley: 15 More Crazy Jazz Studies for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP101)

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7 James Rae Jazz Waltz
No. 4 from 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21705)

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8 James Rae download Return Flight Or Breakaway
No. 26 Or No. 31 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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9 Karen Street Improve Your Groove
from Streetworks
Karen Street: Streetworks for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP102)

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10 Jeffery Wilson download download Take Desmond
No. 6 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 Clérisse Sérénade variée
Clérisse: Sérénade variée, for Soprano or Tenor Saxophone
Leduc (AL 24776)

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2 J. H. Fiocco
arr. Harvey
Arioso
No. 6 from Saxophone Solos for B♭ Tenor, Vol. 2, arr. Harvey
Chester (CH55208)

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3 Granados
arr. Teal
Playera
Op. 5 No. 5
No. 7 from Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player, arr. Teal
G. Schirmer (GS33057)

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4 Schumann
arr. Teal
Romance
No. 1 from Three Romances, Op. 94
No. 13 from Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player, arr. Teal
G. Schirmer (GS33057)

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5 Grétry
arr. Bazelaire and Londeix
Ariette Or Chasse
from Suite Rococo
(ending at b. 101 in Ariette)
Grétry: Suite Rococo, for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Bazelaire and Londeix
Schott (SF 9259)

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6 Guilhaud
arr. Strevens
Andante religieux
from Trois Pièces
Guilhaud: Trois Pièces, for Soprano or Tenor Saxophone, arr. Strevens
Samek Music (CSCP006)

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7 Philip Sparke Little Overture
No. 1 from Super Solos for Tenor Saxophone
Philip Sparke: Super Solos for Tenor Saxophone
Anglo Music (AMP 369-400)

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8 Tchaikovsky
arr. Ivanov
Perce-Neige
Six pièces russes, Vol. 2, for Tenor or Soprano Saxophone, arr. Ivanov
Lemoine (26507)

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9 Telemann
trans. Londeix
Siciliana: Andante And Spiritoso
1st movt And 2nd movt from Sonata in C minor
Telemann: Sonata for Soprano Saxophone, trans. Londeix
Leduc (AL 25864)

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10 Telemann
trans. Londeix
Andante And Vivace
3rd movt And 4th movt from Sonata in C minor
Telemann: Sonata for Soprano Saxophone, trans. Londeix
Leduc (AL 25864)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Ned Bennett Lamplight
The Jazz Sax Collection for Tenor or Soprano Saxophone, arr. Bennett
Faber

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2 Martin Ellerby Richmond And Wymondham
1st movt And 4th movt from Albion Dances for Tenor Saxophone
Martin Ellerby: Albion Dances for Tenor Saxophone
Studio Music

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3 Mick Foster For Astor
No. 2 from Five Contemporary Dances
Mick Foster: Five Contemporary Dances (E♭/B♭ edition)
Saxtet Publications (Sax042)

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4 Paul Harris Music of the Spheres
Selected Solos for Soprano/Tenor Saxophone, Grades 4–6
Faber

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5 Graham Lyons Shooting Stars over a Tropical Sea
from Compositions for Tenor Saxophone, Vol. 2
Graham Lyons: Compositions for Tenor Saxophone, Vol. 2 (piano accomp. printable from companion CD)
Useful Music (U133)

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6 Christopher Norton Black Sheep of the Family
No. 14 from The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Tenor Saxophone
The Christopher Norton Concert Collection for Tenor Saxophone
Boosey & Hawkes (BH12626)

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7 Andy Scott And Everything is Still…
Andy Scott: And Everything is Still… for Soprano or Tenor Saxophone
Astute Music (am104-26)

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8 Andy Scott Zebra Crossing
Andy Scott: Zebra Crossing for Tenor Saxophone
Astute Music (am104-67)

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9 Trad.
arr. Rickards
Amazing Grace Or The Ash Grove
No. 2 Or No. 4 from Songs of the British Isles, arr. Rickards (E♭/B♭ edition )
Saxtet Publications (Sax034)

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10 Washington and Bassman
arr. Ledbury
I'm getting sentimental over you
Big Chillers for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Ledbury
Brass Wind (1338T)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Blémant Study in G
No. 51 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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2 Karg-Elert Cubana Or Giga
No. 52 Or No. 55 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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3 Verroust Study in G
No. 60 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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4 Alan Bullard Expressive Sax Or Impetuous Sax
No. 46 Or No. 47 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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5 P.-M. Dubois Paso-doble
No. 13 from 17 Études dansantes
P.-M. Dubois: 17 Études dansantes, for Solo Saxophone
Billaudot (GB5740)

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6 Chris Gumbley Tongue Twister
No. 9 from 15 More Crazy Jazz Studies for Solo Saxophone
Chris Gumbley: 15 More Crazy Jazz Studies for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP101)

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7 James Rae Jazz Waltz
No. 4 from 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21705)

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8 James Rae Return Flight Or Breakaway
No. 26 Or No. 31 from 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 36 More Modern Studies for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21613)

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9 Karen Street Improve Your Groove
from Streetworks
Karen Street: Streetworks for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP102)

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10 Jeffery Wilson Take Desmond
No. 6 from Jazz Paraphrase for Saxophone
Jeffery Wilson: Jazz Paraphrase for Saxophone
Camden Music (CM278)

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Saxophone Grade 6 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.

Candidates for a Grade 6, 7 or 8 exam must already have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz subject; for full details, including a list of accepted alternatives, see Regulation 1d.

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