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Saxophone 8 Saxophone

Saxophone Grade 8 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 8 (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 J. S. Bach
trans. Harle
download Adagio And Allegro
2nd movt And 3rd movt from Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020
J. S. Bach: Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020, trans. Harle (E♭/B♭ edition)
Universal (UE17774)

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2 Büsser
trans. Mule
download Asturias
Op. 84
(observing printed cadenza)
Büsser: Asturias, Op. 84, for Alto Saxophone, trans. Mule
Leduc (AL 21145)

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3 H. Eccles
trans. Rascher
Sonata
(complete)
H. Eccles: Sonata for Alto Saxophone, trans. Rascher
Presser (164-00047)

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4 Grovlez download Sarabande et Allegro
Grovlez: Sarabande et Allegro, for Alto Saxophone
Leduc (AL 23218)

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

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6 Koechlin download Pour la longueur de la respiration et l'égalité du son
from 15 études, Op. 188
No. 9 from Koechlin: Études, for Alto Saxophone
Billaudot (EFM1008)

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No. 7 from Koechlin: 15 études, Op. 188, for Alto Saxophone
Billaudot (GB7810)

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7 P. Maurice download Lou Cabridan
No. 5 from Tableaux de Provence
(observing printed cadenza)
P. Maurice: Tableaux de Provence, for Alto Saxophone
Lemoine (23953)

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8 V. Monti
arr. Kovács
download Czardas
V. Monti: Czardas for Alto Saxophone, arr. Kovács
Edition Darok (EDL 1108)

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9 Gary Schocker download Allegro moderato
1st movt from Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Gary Schocker: Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Presser (114-40977)

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10 Singelée download Concertino
Op. 78
Singelée: 3e et 5e Solos de concert / Concertino Op. 78, for Alto Saxophone
Lemoine (26259)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 R. R. Bennett download Samba Triste
1st movt from Three Piece Suite
R. R. Bennett: Three Piece Suite for Alto Saxophone
Novello (NOV120804)

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The Chester Alto Saxophone Anthology
Chester (CH86581)

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2 John Carmichael download Obsession (Habanera) And Bahama Rhumba (The Caribbean)
No. 2 And No. 3 from Latin American Dances
John Carmichael: Latin American Dances for Alto Saxophone
Emerson (E486)

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3 Roderick Elms download Cygncopations
Roderick Elms: Cygncopations for Alto or Tenor Saxophone
Camden Music (CM258)

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4 Françaix download Any three dances
from Cinq danses exotiques
(observing repeats in No. 1)
Françaix: Cinq danses exotiques, for Alto Saxophone
Schott (ED 4745)

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5 Heiden Diversion
Heiden: Diversion for Alto Saxophone
Hal Leonard (HL00040175)

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6 Hindemith download Ruhig bewegt And Lebhaft
1st movt And 2nd movt from Sonata for Alto Horn
Hindemith: Sonata for Alto Horn or Alto Saxophone
Schott (ED 4635)

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7 W. Jacobi Allegro ma non troppo
1st movt from Sonata for Alto Saxophone
W. Jacobi: Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Bourne (IB121009)

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8 Lawson Lunde Allegro vivace
3rd movt from Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Lawson Lunde: Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Southern Music (HL03774405)

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9 James Rae download Gymnopedie Bleu And East Coast Mainline
2nd movt And 3rd movt from Sonatina for Alto Saxophone
James Rae: Sonatina for Alto Saxophone
Reedimensions (RD002)

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10 Thomys No. 4 And No. 5
from Miniatures in Various Styles
Thomys: Miniatures in Various Styles for Alto Saxophone
PWM (6517)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 J. S. Bach
trans. Londeix
download Menuet 1 And Menuet 2 And Gigue
from Suite No. 1
J. S. Bach: Suite No. 1 for Solo Saxophone, trans. Londeix
Lemoine (24054)

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2 Alan Bullard download Wandering Sax Or Sax Polonaise
No. 59 Or No. 60 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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3 P.-M. Dubois download Tango
No. 14 from 17 Études dansantes
P.-M. Dubois: 17 Études dansantes, for Solo Saxophone
Billaudot (GB5740)

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4 Ferling download Study in C
No. 75 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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5 Karg-Elert download Preambolo
No. 79 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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6 Graham Fitkin download Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim
Graham Fitkin: Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim for Solo Instrument
Fitkin (SI4)

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7 James Rae download Volante
No. 13 from 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21705)

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8 James Rae Devil's Brew
No. 36 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 download Spanish Colours
from Streetworks
Karen Street: Streetworks for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP102)

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10 Mark-Anthony Turnage Two Memorials
(complete)
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Two Memorials for Soprano Saxophone
Schott (ED 12692)

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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 J. S. Bach
trans. Harle
Adagio And Allegro
2nd movt And 3rd movt from Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020
J. S. Bach: Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020, trans. Harle (E♭/B♭ edition)
Universal (UE17774)

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2 J. S. Bach
trans. Nichols
Andante And Allegro
3rd movt And 4th movt from Sonata da Gamba, BWV 1028
J. S. Bach: Sonata da Gamba for Tenor Saxophone, trans. Nichols
Saxtet Publications (Sax014)

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3 Demersseman Premier Solo (Andante et Boléro)
Demersseman: Solos for B♭ Saxophone
Lemoine (27683)

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4 Devienne
trans. Jaeckel
Rondo
from Sonata No. 4
Devienne: Adagio and Rondo for Tenor Saxophone, trans. Jaeckel
Southern Music (HL03775259)

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5 J. H. Fiocco
arr. Bazelaire and Londeix
Allègre
1st movt from Concerto
J. H. Fiocco: Concerto for Tenor Saxophone, arr. Bazelaire and Londeix
Schott (SF 9260)

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

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7 B. Marcello
arr. Joosen
Allegro moderato And Adagio
1st movt And 2nd movt from Concerto in C minor
B. Marcello: Concerto in C minor for Soprano Saxophone, arr. Joosen
Molenaar

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8 B. Marcello
arr. Joosen
Adagio And Allegro
2nd movt And 3rd movt from Concerto in C minor
B. Marcello: Concerto in C minor for Soprano Saxophone, arr. Joosen
Molenaar

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9 Singelée Fantaisie pastorale
Op. 56
(observing printed cadenza)
Singelée: Fantaisie pastorale, Op. 56, for Tenor Saxophone
Lemoine (27929)

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10 Singelée Concerto
Op. 57
(observing coda)
Singelée: 4e et 6e Solos de concert / Fantaisie brillante / Concerto Op. 57, for Tenor Saxophone
Lemoine (26258)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 John Addison Harlequin
John Addison: Harlequin for Soprano Saxophone
Emerson (E236)

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2 Alan Bullard Workout
Alan Bullard: Workout for Tenor or Soprano Saxophone
Colne Edition (CE33)

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3 John Carmichael Allegro moderato
1st movt from Sonata–Music Grave & Gay
John Carmichael: Sonata–Music Grave & Gay for Oboe or Soprano Saxophone
Emerson (E688)

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4 Geoff Eales Farewell Patagonia
Geoff Eales: Farewell Patagonia for Tenor Saxophone
Astute Music (am413-51)

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5 Roderick Elms Cygncopations
(observing lower line in ossias)
Roderick Elms: Cygncopations for Alto or Tenor Saxophone
Camden Music (CM258)

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6 Pedro Iturralde Kalamatianos And Funky
1st movt And 2nd movt from Suite hellénique
(as written, ignoring improvisation option)
Pedro Iturralde: Suite hellénique (E♭/B♭ edition)
Lemoine (26054)

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7 Piazzolla
trans. Isoda
Night-club 1960
from Histoire du Tango
(last note may be played an 8ve lower)
Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango, for Soprano Saxophone, trans. Isoda
Lemoine (26820)

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8 James Rae Barcarolle And Toccata
2nd movt And 3rd movt from Sonatina for Soprano Saxophone
James Rae: Sonatina for Soprano Saxophone
Reedimensions (RD087)

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9 Andy Scott Respectfully Yours
Andy Scott: Respectfully Yours for Tenor Saxophone
Astute Music (am105-32)

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10 Villa-Lobos Animé
1st movt from Fantasia for Saxophone
Villa-Lobos: Fantasia for Soprano or Tenor Saxophone
Peermusic Classical (HL00227447)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 J. S. Bach
trans. Londeix
Menuet 1 And Menuet 2 And Gigue
from Suite No. 1
J. S. Bach: Suite No. 1 for Solo Saxophone, trans. Londeix
Lemoine (24054)

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2 Alan Bullard Wandering Sax Or Sax Polonaise
No. 59 Or No. 60 from Sixty for Sax
Alan Bullard: Sixty for Sax
ABRSM

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3 P.-M. Dubois Tango
No. 14 from 17 Études dansantes
P.-M. Dubois: 17 Études dansantes, for Solo Saxophone
Billaudot (GB5740)

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4 Ferling Study in C
No. 75 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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5 Karg-Elert Preambolo
No. 79 from More Graded Studies for Saxophone, Book 2
Faber

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6 Graham Fitkin Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim
Graham Fitkin: Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim for Solo Instrument
Fitkin (SI4)

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7 James Rae Volante
No. 13 from 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
James Rae: 18 Concert Etudes for Solo Saxophone
Universal (UE21705)

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8 James Rae Devil's Brew
No. 36 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 Spanish Colours
from Streetworks
Karen Street: Streetworks for Solo Saxophone
Gumbles Publications (GP102)

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10 Mark-Anthony Turnage Two Memorials
(complete)
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Two Memorials for Soprano Saxophone
Schott (ED 12692)

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Saxophone Grade 8 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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