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Graef: O Happy Day

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  • Composer: Friedemann Graef
  • Instrumentation (this edition): Alto Saxophone, Organ (or Piano)
  • Originally for: Saxophone, Organ (or Piano)
  • Work: O Happy Day
  • ISMN: 9790206307171
  • Size: 9 x 12.0 inches
  • Pages: 16


This collection of pieces for saxophone and organ or piano, Spirituals for Saxophone arranged by Friedemann Graef, is designed for use in concert performances as well as for church services and other ceremonies. This traditional American spiritual, "O Happy Day," has been extended by composed introductions and endings, or interludes and written solos. The notated solos here are the results of more than ten years of the arranger's personal experience with these tunes and chord changes. The organ part may also be played on acoustic piano if the bass voice is played one octave lower in respective passages---these passages are marked. There is a transposed part for B-flat and E-flat saxophones. Due to the different register of the tenor and alto saxophone, a few notes of the alto saxophone parts have been changed for a more effective sound.