Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

The Baroque Saxophone - Works by J.S.Bach, Byrd, Corelli, Handel & Purcell

for saxophone quartet

This is a collection of music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods arranged for saxophone quartet. The pieces arranged here all lend themselves well to four players, maintaining the essential material of the music. Transferred to the pure and haunting sound of saxophones, there is an added beauty (perhaps melancholy?) to the music. All of the pieces are faithfully adapted, along with written added ornamentation at repeated passages, as would have been normal in the Baroque period.

Available to purchase from Aria Editions here

These arrangements were made for the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, who recorded them on the following album:

REVIVE - Baroque Arrangements for Saxophone Quartet: Chandos Records (CHAN 10999)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Air: 3rd Orchestral Suite, BWV 1068

Badinerie: 2nd Orchestral Suite, BWV 1067

Fugue in G minor: BWV 578

Schafe können sicher weiden Sheep may safely graze BWV 208

William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

Pavan and Gigue (Parthenia/Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Adagio: 'Christmas Concerto' Op. 6, No. 8

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)

Three Pieces from Water Music:

1 - Alla Hornpipe

2 – Bourrée

3 - Minuet II

Sarabande: Harpsichord Suite, HWV 437

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Rondeau: Abdelazar Z570