Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance for any saxophone and unpitched audio

Tony Davis

Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance was written for the 2003 World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, USA, where it received its world premier. This celebratory chamberdance piece seeks to capture the beauty and power of Rio de Janeiro’s Iguaçu falls, from the up-stream stillness and distant rumblings, through the power and excitement of the fall, to the down-stream tranquillity. The piece features the use of mulitphonics (saxophone chords), which are delicately woven into the fabric of the opening melodies and also used to heighten the passions of a phrase. The use of digital delay on the live saxophone line gives a sense of the cascading water of the falls.

The audio accompaniment features contemporary dance rhythms and sounds, and found sounds from the saxophone. It is unpitched, making Iguaçu playable on any solo instrument.

[Iguaçu is pronounced i-gua-thu]


Composer Tony Davis

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Instrumentation Any sax or flute (requires digital delay FX and PA)
Unpitched audio (CD)
Duration 4’19”
Style Chamberjazz
Suitable for Professional or under-graduate recital programme
Extended techniques Multiphonics; over-blown harmonics
Postage & Packing UK £3  Rest of world £6.80


Saxophonists who have bought the printed music for  Iguaçu, Come Down and Dance can download the accompaniment and slow rehearsal extracts here