Our popular seven piece collection for intermediate to advanced players. Complete with audio (full demo and backing tracks).
Written by UK composer Keri Degg in 2012, Celtic Collage is an exciting collection of seven original pieces for Alto saxophone and audio (or piano) with pull out Piano accompaniment part included (also available in flute edition and Clarinet / Tenor sax edition to follow soon). The collection is aimed at grade 6+ level players. The MP3 tracks contains both full demonstration, and accompaniment tracks.
From laments to lively jigs, there's plenty of choice, and as the composer is herself an experienced woodwind teacher, the pieces are written in a thoughtful and sensible way.
Piece VII (also known as Celtic VII) is currently on the Trinity college syllabus (Grade 5).
Here are two audio samples from the collection (the following audio samples are taken from the flute edition, again, saxophone audio to follow soon) ; 'Celtic V' , a complete audio track, and also Celtic Collage medley containing all 7 excerpts from the collection. Click play (triangle button) on the Soundcloud player below or click these links if the Soundcloud players are not visible on your device; 'Celtic V' audio and Medley of excerpts from Celtic collage.
Review in the British Flute Societies Pan magazine (of the flute edition)
"Keri Degg's Celtic Collage offer something different. Here we have seven original compositions which are both melodically interesting and accessible while not technically too demanding. There is therefore an appeal to a wider cohort of players within the classically trained fraternity. The CD is interesting and illustrates the variety of sentiment inherent in the music. The softer flute tone fits well with the aesthetic sense of the writing. The use of timbral trills and notes fading is a nice addition, enhancing atmosphere and opening the window towards greater possibilities, while pointing up a relative silence. Happily those ornamental devices are not overused as can sometime be the case.
In piece VII, the use of different compound times combined with a seven bar structure keeps the metronome guessing and forms a rhythmic pattern. It is refreshing to see traditional music in a setting free from shawls, thatched cottages, or well known alcoholic beverages"......."a player of around grade 6 level, with a few pointers on extended techniques, will find all of the material throughout the publication very playable.
.......provides an entertaining and useful introduction to the Celtic genre for those with an interest". Tom Greene.
Flute, and Clarinet/Bb Saxophone editions are also available.Celtic Collage is also available as traditional printed, posted book and part, with audio CD (just see our main saxophone page).