Aftershok Composes: Cruel Angel’s Thesis for Four Saxophones

It’s been a while, but I’d like to present to you a quartet arrangement I’ve had hidden away in the cupboard for a few months now: “Cruel Angel’s Thesis.”

This is one where I’m pretty happy with the arrangement itself; it was fun to write and good to play through. What kept me from releasing it on here is the horrible recording quality. Perhaps it was just because I didn’t realize it with my other two arrangement/recordings, but the fidelity of my recording nears Tiger Woods territory. My tone, which I can assure ¬†you (with just a hint of hubris) is considered quite good by many standards, comes of as closed and tinny in the recording. The bari, in particular, sounds rather hollow and brash. Just a notice.

In other production notes, this arrangement required a good deal more virtuosity on my part than my other ones. It also put less emphasis on the main melody line and uses your knowledge of the source material to try and offer some different ideas. In many instances I voiced the chords so that a harmonized line was the highest and most noticeable phrase,which I think sounds good only given that you know what the original sounds like. All in all, fairly content with this, but given the chance, I’d rerecord it in a heartbeat with better equipment.

Cruel Angel’s Thesis for Saxophone Quartet

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Also, please take this time to listen to my previous two arrangements if you haven’t already: “Bouken Desho Desho?” and “Hare Hare Yukai”.

Thanks! I’d love to hear any and all comments and criticisms.

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