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Sergei Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet (1st & 2nd Suite)

Prokofiev, Sergei / ROMEO AND JULIET: SUITE NO. 2, OP. 64 TERI recently played tenor saxophone part in Romeo and Juliet (1st & 2nd Suite) by Sergei Prokofiev with Zagreb Philharmonic and David Danzmayr conducting. This great music employs tenor sax voice in solo parts and orchestra sections doubling mostly in unison with clarinet, bass clarinet or french horns. The first, most challenging and recognizable solo is in movement 1, suite 2. This is not technically difficult (it is f# minor arpeggio), but it starts from low c# sixteenth note followed by dotted eight c# and another sixteenth c# in piano (soft) dynamic, although it could be played louder in mp dynamics without worries. The problem is that this is the VERY FIRST note played in the piece, so be sure the reed speaks well in low register, check the sticky c# key and pray for the best. There are a few more solos in suite 2, but they are in mid to higher range, not technically challenging. Focus should be placed on smooth attack, nice sound with vibrato and tuning, especially in soft dynamics and be sure to count the rests, do not rely on others’ entrances, because they may never come. Here you can see the Suite 2 saxophone part.

I did some research and found out that the saxophone part was sometimes played by other instruments. In this New York Philharmonic archived score, it is clear by markings that the saxophone part is shared between bassoon, viola and clarinet. In this video below the piece is performed by Leningrad Philharmonic and Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting. It is clear that the saxophone part is played by bass clarinet and clarinet, depending on the range. Why so? The possible reasons could be non-availability of the adequate saxophone player or conductor’s disregard of the saxophone as a classical voice.
Read more in this article about Prokofiev’s use of the saxophone in other scores (source).

From the Gigs (2014)

Pictures from gigs with Neki Novi Klinci, Brain Holidays, Playcode Band, Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra, Looney Tunes Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic.

With George Clinton @ Laško (SLO)

From the Gigs

Pictures from the gigs with The Duke Ellington OrchestraZagreb Philharmonic, Elma Burnić, Neki Novi Klinci, Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet, Playcode BandLooney Tunes Orchestra, Zdenko Ivanušić QuartetBrain Holidays.

Looney Tunes @ Biograd

Zdenko Ivanušić – Biografija

Zdenko Ivanušić, saksofonist i kompozitor, dinamičan je član hrvatske glazbene scene od 1990. Preko bogatog iskustva u klasičnoj glazbi, jazzu, fusionu i funku postiže jedinstven pristup u raznim izvođačkim situacijama, od simfonijskog orkestra, komornog ansambla do big banda, kvarteta saksofona ili malog sastava.

Kao voditelj Donna Lee Saxophone Quarteta, Funk Elastica, Zdenko Ivanušić Quarteta, uz jazz standarde, promovira vlastite kompozicije i originalne aranžmane. U kompozicijama koristi poliritmiju i politonalnost, kojima u izvedbama postiže emocionalni intenzitet i improvizacijsku jasnoću.

U Simfonijskom puhačkom orkestru Hrvatske vojske sedamnaest je godina bio vođa dionice saksofona (1992-2009). Surađuje sa Zagrebačkom filharmonijom, Simfonijskim orkestrom Hrvatske radiotelevizije, Jazz orkestrom Hrvatske radiotelevizije, Hrvatskim narodnim kazalištem u Zagrebu i gradskim kazalištem “Komedija”. Bio je solist je i lead altist u HGM Jazzorkestru Zagreb, pod umjetničkim vodstvom poznatog austrijskog band leadera Sigija Feigla od osnutka orkestra 2002. godine pa do 2006. godine. Surađuje s poznatim hrvatskim glazbenicima i popularnim sastavima kao što su Mr. Dynamite (također je glazbeni direktor/aranžer u tom ansamblu), General Woo – Tram 11, Brain Holidays, Soul Fingers, Songkillers, Soul Shadows, Freak Out Band, Neki Novi Klinci, Bučersi, Swing Again, Swingers Band, itd.. Nastupao je s brojnim svjetskim glazbenicima kao što su Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Don Menza, Bobby Shew, John Riley, Earl Gardner, Peter Herbolzheimer, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Tolliver i drugi, te je imao priliku svirati i sa slavnim Duke Ellington Orchestrom prilikom gostovanja tog orkestra u Zagrebu 2012. godine.

Izdao je četiri albuma za Zivaldo Records: “Four Odd” i “Mellow(s Donna Lee Saxophone Quartetom) te solo albume “Lost in HTML” i “Free Fall“.