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- composer: James Maddocks
- instrumentation: 2 Soprano saxes, 2 Alto saxes, 2 Tenor saxes, 2 Baritone saxes
- skill-level: Intermediate-Advanced
Harlequin is a lively and animated concert showpiece for saxophone octet based around the traditional ternary structure:
1. A short introduction leads into a number of mini-themes each begun by a recurring motif. These mini-themes takes advantage of the homogeneous timbre of the saxophone choir to pass melodies back and forth between the different instruments;
2. The music then digresses into a slower, swung ostinato over which layers of harmony and melody are added. This section changes into 12/8 in reference to the traditional scherzo normally being written in triple time;
3. A short bridge leads back to a repeat of the first section which eventually ends in a coda combining the main themes together. Harlequin was first performed by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Department.