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Vartan Adjemian, Adventure for alto saxophone and string orchestra or wind orchestra or piano reduction

Vartan Adjemian

for alto saxophone and string orchestra or wind band or piano

  • Level: intermediate / advanced
  • Duration: 8'30
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 2008

Reference: SAX7a
Piano reduction (solo part included)


  • Instrumentation:

    2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, alto sax, 2 tenor sax, baritone sax, 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (Glockenspiel, Bongos)

  • Publisher: Editions Bim


Vartan Adjemian

Vartan Adjemian (*1956)

Vartan Adjemian was born 1956 to a very well-known and popular family in Armenia. His grandfather, Vartan Adjemian Sr. (1905-1977) studied with Stanislavsky and Vsevolod Meyerhold and was the Gene... Read more

About Adventure

A piece that can be played by talented young musicians

Commissioned by Philippe Pfisterer, Director of the Department Council for Music and Culture of Haute-Alsace (France), “Adventure” has the same solo alto saxophone part, for three different accompaniements, as per the request of the commissioning body, which sought to maximize the work's prospective performance opportunities: 1) solo , string orchestra with piano,  2) solo and piano (reduction), and 3) solo and wind ensemble (10 woodwinds, 8 brass instruments, percussion).

The title of the piece was conceived during the composition process. This is the first work for solo saxophone written by Vartan Adjemian, although he had frequently used the instrument in his jazz pieces. A special consideration was to create a piece that could be played by talented young musicians, ergo, content, melody and virtuosity had to be merged with a sense of proportionality in Adventure, which, in today's parlance, could, perhaps best be described as a "crossover" type of work in which many different styles and genres are presented in a single entity.