I just finished another saxophone quartet arrangement for the Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble, one of a series of charts I’ve been writing for them. This particular one is on a tune by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, written for the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Here’s a MIDI realization of my arrangement.[audio:http://www.wilktone.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Pure-Imagination.mp3|titles=Pure Imagination]
For all these sax quartet arrangements I’ve tried to explore something a little different to give each one something unique to set it off from the rest (beyond just a different tune). In this chart I experimented with changing meters around and an unusual metric modulation between the different feels. It starts off with a rubato introduction based on the bridge and then a faster swing feeling. The metric modulation between the faster passages (usually in 5/4) and the slower (4/4) passages is 3:2. The quarter notes of the faster 5/4 is equal to the quarter note triples of the slower 4/4 measures. It reads a little trickier than it sounds, I think. At times I even explicitly incorporate the quarter note triplet to become the quarter note as the tempo changes in order to make the transitions a little more obvious.
If you aren’t familiar with this tune already, here it is from the movie. My treatment of this tune is quite a bit different.