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Samba..alla Turca! has fortunately seemed to be a popular score, in all its various versions and derivatives!
Recently I was emailed by fellow SibeliusMusic-composer, Martin Jones, who wrote: A while ago I printed off your ’Samba alla Turca’ for Two Pianos, ’cos it looked like fun. My wife Frances and I played it at an informal private party with her playing the Mozart melody on C-melody saxophone and me on the samba piano, to great effect - much appreciated!
Now I realise this is not how you arranged it, and I hope you don’t mind it having been used in this way. Now we have a public recital coming up at HADCAF, and I would like to ask your permission to add it to our repertoire for this recital and perhaps others in the future.
I was happy to provide a version for piano and a solo wind instrument, using the clarinet as one example here. I have included parts for a number of other wind instruments, which have been altered at times, to accommodate the different ranges available. I have transposed Mozart’s original key down a tone, as this gives a fairly good compromise for non-transposing instruments like the bassoon, and those in Bb, like the clarinet, or tenor saxophone.
I am, however, aware that this still puts Eb instruments like the alto saxophone into E minor/major, which is perhaps not ideal. Therefore I have allowed the original piano part and the alto sax part (and all others as well) to be transposed, so that Eb players could play it in the concert key of F minor/major, which would involve them with the slightly easier option of D minor/major.
Of course, if the piano part is transposed down a tone, this will affect some of the fingerings, which don’t, I believe, get similarly ’transposed’, even when using the latest Sibelius 6 version!
STOP PRESS! There is now a version for Flute & Piano
For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.
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