Windpower

Music For Classical Saxophone

Eric Biddington composer

Saxcess Quartet
Debbie Rawson soprano saxophone
Peter Liley alto saxophone
Reuben Chin tenor saxophone
Tim Workman baritone saxophone

Release Date: December 10, 2021
Catalog #: NV6404
Format: Digital
21st Century
Chamber
Saxophone

WINDPOWER from composer Eric Biddington highlights the versatility of the saxophone through the proficiency and musicality of the players, the Saxcess Quartet, in a collection of 11 original works. With multiple orchestrations and movements spanning 34 tracks, Biddington’s compositions are on full display with works for solo saxophone as well as sax trio and quartet. From tender and emotional to lush and energetic, Biddington’s compositions explore every nook and cranny of musical possibility. The dextrous and emotive performance by the Saxcess Quartet unites the pieces into a whole, providing a pleasing continuity throughout the varied arrangements and orchestrations.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Trio No. 1: I Allegro Moderato
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone 2:20
02 Trio No. 1: II Largo Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone 1:55
03 Trio No. 1: III Finale Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone 1:57
04 Trio No. 3: I Moondog Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1; Reuben Chin, soprano saxophone 2; Peter Liley, alto saxophone 2:27
05 Trio No. 3: II Andante Moderato
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1; Reuben Chin, soprano saxophone 2; Peter Liley, alto saxophone 3:36
06 Trio No. 3: III Perpetuum Mobile
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1; Reuben Chin, soprano saxophone 2; Peter Liley, alto saxophone 1:48
07 Peace for Julie Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1:32
08 Two Pieces for Saxophone Quartet: I Serenade
Eric Biddington Saxcess | Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 4:03
09 Two Pieces for Saxophone Quartet: II Scherzo
Eric Biddington Saxcess | Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 1:51
10 Partita for Alto Saxophone: I Moderato
Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone 0:49
11 Partita for Alto Saxophone: II Allegro Molto
Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone 1:12
12 Partita for Alto Saxophone: III Adagio

Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone 1:23
13 Partita for Alto Saxophone: IV Molto Moderato
Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone 1:59
14 Partita for Alto Saxophone: V Finale
Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone 0:48
15 Trio No. 2 for Saxophones: I Allegro Moderato
Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 2:21
16 Trio No. 2 for Saxophones: II Largo Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 3:06
17 Trio No. 2 for Saxophones: III Prestissimo Eric Biddington Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 1:55
18 Partita for Baritone Saxophone: I Allegro Moderato

Eric Biddington Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 0:52
19 Partita for Baritone Saxophone: II Moderately Slow and Leisurely
Eric Biddington Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 1:50
20 Partita for Baritone Saxophone: III Fast
Eric Biddington Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 0:47
21 Partita for Baritone Saxophone: IV Adagio
Eric Biddington Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 1:51
22 Partita for Baritone Saxophone: V Finale
Eric Biddington Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 1:06
23 Trio No. 4 for Saxophones: I Allegro Giocoso
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 2:39
24 Trio No. 4 for Saxophones: II Lento Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 2:39
25 Trio No. 4 for Saxophones: III Finale Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 2:01
26 Suite for Saxophone Quartet: I Poco Adagio
Eric Biddington Saxcess | Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 3:00
27 Suite for Saxophone Quartet: II Allegretto Eric Biddington Saxcess | Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 2:33
28 Suite for Saxophone Quartet: III Finale Eric Biddington Saxcess | Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 1:46
29 Partita for Soprano Saxophone: I Moderato
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1:50
30 Partita for Soprano Saxophone: II Allegro
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1:18
31 Partita for Soprano Saxophone: III Adagio
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1:32
32 Partita for Soprano Saxophone: IV Allegro Moderato
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 0:30
33 Partita for Soprano Saxophone: V Finale
Eric Biddington Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone 1:06
34 Swing Five for Saxophone Quartet Eric Biddington Saxcess | Debbie Rawson, soprano saxophone; Peter Liley, alto saxophone; Reuben Chin, tenor saxophone; Tim Workman, baritone saxophone 3:36

Recorded February 5, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand
Session Engineer John Neill
Session Producer Brent Stewart
Editing & Mastering Mike Clayton in Christchurch,
New Zealand May 2021

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Danielle Lewis

VP of Production Jan Košulič
Production Director Levi Brown
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell

Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner

Artist Information

Eric Biddington

Composer

Eric Biddington was educated in his hometown of Timaru, New Zealand and in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury. He left school at 17 and got a job as an unskilled laborer, working simultaneously with his tertiary studies. Biddington has earned 5 degrees: a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music with Honors in Musical Composition, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in the Arts Faculty in History, and Bachelor of Science in the Science Faculty in Philosophy.

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Saxcess Quartet

Saxcess Quartet

Ensemble

Debbie Rawson (soprano), Peter Liley (alto), Reuben Chin (tenor), and Tim Workman (baritone). Saxcess is a project-based collective in New Zealand led by its founder, Debbie Rawson. The quartet has undertaken numerous nation-wide tours in their homeland and are soon to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

They have also been featured at the major arts festivals of Aotearoa and performed New Zealand composers’ works at the World Saxophone Congresses in Australia, Belgium, and the United States. They have premiered multiple works for saxophone quartet, and have proudly performed at hundreds of schools and community outreach concerts.

Notes

WINDPOWER from composer Eric Biddington highlights the versatility of the saxophone through the proficiency and musicality of the players, the Saxcess Quartet, in a collection of 11 original works. With multiple orchestrations and movements spanning 34 tracks, Biddington’s compositions are on full display with works for solo saxophone as well as sax trio and quartet. 

The individual instruments blend in various orchestrations throughout but are also given their own spotlight with dedicated solo compositions. The four partitas featured on this album are multi-movement solo works that highlight the distinct sounds and characteristics of their respective registers and the dexterity of each player. 

As a standalone solo composition, Peace For Julie is written in remembrance of Dr. Julie Lebreich, former commissioner of the New Zealand Mental Health Commission, researcher, author, poet, and friend of Biddington’s. This tender and emotional work is performed by soprano saxophonist Debbie Rawson.

While each voicing is featured on its own, the sounds band together throughout the album with four works by Biddington for saxophone trio, and three for saxophone quartet. Distinguishable by their varying orchestrations, each trio contains three movements and takes advantage of the many combinations available with four voices to choose from. 

Two Pieces for Saxophone Quartet is a two-movement work consisting of a lush serenade and an energetic scherzo. Suite For Saxophone Quartet follows this theme, this time with a third movement capping the piece with a whirlwind of flighty licks for an exciting finale. Lastly, Swing Five for Saxophone Quartet is certainly indicative of its title.  The piece is written in 5/4, with four saxophones layering in between each measure to amplify the rhythmic motifs that embody and propel this odd meter composition. Though written in a classical context, the piece makes use of the swing feel popularized in jazz, adding a fresh approach to classical composition while paying homage to the genre that brought saxophone into the limelight. Swing Five’s title was suggested by James Langabeer, leader of the Auckland Saxophone Quartet, the group for whom the piece was originally written.