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"Since its invention in the 1840s, the saxophone has made its way into numerous orchestral works. This quiz explores some of the orchestral pieces that feature the saxophone."
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With which section of the orchestra does a saxophone sit?
One of the most famous saxophone parts in the orchestral repertoire is the solo in "The Old Castle" movement of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". Whose orchestration of this work includes saxophone?
George Gershwin's music features saxophone fairly often. Which of the following of his works DOES NOT include a part for saxophone?
Rhapsody in Blue
I Got Rhythm Variations
An American in Paris
Piano Concerto in F
As well as Gershwin, numerous other American composers have included saxophone(s) in their orchestral compositions. Who of the following NEVER used saxophone?
Richard Strauss used saxophone(s) in one of his orchestral pieces. True or False?
Not surprisingly, the saxophone has been included in many orchestral works precisely due to its association with jazz. One seminal jazz-influenced work by Darius Milhaud features the saxophone very prominently. What is the name of this piece?
The Creation of the World
Perhaps surprisingly, Sergei Prokofiev included saxophone (usually a tenor) in several of his compositions. Which of the following Prokofiev pieces DOES NOT include a saxophone?
Alexander Nevsky Cantata
The Love for Three Oranges Suite
Lieutenant Kije Suite
Romeo and Juliet
British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams included saxophone(s) in two of his symphonies. Which ones?
nos. 1 & 3
nos. 4 & 8
nos. 6 & 9
nos. 2 & 7
Sergei Rachmaninov NEVER included a saxophone in one of his orchestral compositions. True or False?
One of the very first composers to include saxophone in an orchestral work was Georges Bizet. Which of his compositions features saxophone?
Symphony in C
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