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Cuarteto de Saxofones PRÉLUDE

The PRÉLUDE Saxophone Quartet (J. A. Martínez Valverde, soprano saxophone, J. R. Olmo Fernández, alto saxophone, F. J. Sánchez Fernández, tenor saxophone, F. J. Nieto Checa, baritone saxophone). was born from the obsession of four professional saxophonists with an inexhaustible perfectionist spirit and a life dedicated to the study and pedagogy of the saxophone. This saxophone quartet was created with the aim of making it known and appreciated by the public, with a little known formation, but with unique expressive possibilities.

This chamber music group performs a wide repertoire ranging from transcriptions of baroque and classical works, original works for saxophone, as well as popular works such as tango, Spanish music and music with jazzy accents. As a chamber music group, the PRÉLUDE Quartet has a great deal of artistic experience and, what's more, it is constantly evolving. This is demonstrated by the numerous advanced courses it receives from renowned saxophonists such as the Habanera and Diastema saxophone quartets, as well as Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Alexandre Doisy, Manuel Ureña, Alfonso Padilla, among others. In addition, each of them has been formed by French saxophonists of international character, instilling in them the musicality and criteria that characterise the French School.

Currently, the Quatuor PRÉLUDE is immersed in exploring projects around a "guiding thread" that gives meaning to the works played in the programme, including Four Sound Stations (contemporary music), A Rhythm of Tango (tango music), Homage to Pedro Iturralde, An Ideal of Sound (evolution of the music for this group), Sax Actually (original works for the formation and written by living composers), etc.

A large part of the repertoire is based on original saxophone quartets, many of them released and dedicated to the quartet itself. Today, the Quatuor PRÉLUDE is in permanent contact with composers, working, researching, etc. on the expressive possibilities of the saxophone and the expansion of the original repertoire for this formation. It works with internationally renowned composers such as Juan Antonio Simarro, Santi Báez, Juan Emilio Ramírez, etc. On the other hand, the PRÉLUDE Quartet is also interested in new technologies in its daily work. It plays with electronic devices (iPad) and digital scores. The PRÉLUDE Quartet helped and supported the development of the Beatik App.

From a pedagogical point of view, the PRÉLUDE Saxophone Quartet gives numerous advanced courses and lectures throughout Andalusia, with the main aim of instilling an appreciation of saxophone music in future saxophonists. The members of the PRÉLUDE Quartet are professors at the professional conservatories of the Junta de Andalucía.

Its
discography

Albums (1)

Prelude
2018
Instruments
played
Soprano Saxophone
Series III soprano

The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.

The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.

Alto Saxophone
Series III alto

The 'Series III' Alto is no doubt the most performing of our catalogue. It is a very accurate model in terms of tuning and emission. It offers a great richness of tone.

Tenor Saxophone
Series III Tenor

The 'Series III' Tenor has marked, when released in 1997, an actual revival of the great playing flexibility of the old models. This gives it an ease of playing very much appreciated by saxophonists of all levels.

Baritone Saxophone
Series III Baritone

Developed in collaboration with Gilles Tressos (Quatuor Hanabera), the 'Series III' baritone is a very well tuned instrument, rich in overtones, consistent over the whole register with fluid transfers.

This instrument with a warm tone 'unfolds' a centered, flexible and subtle sound, which suits each type of repertoire in the lineage of the 'Series III' saxophones. 

Its perfectly mastered ergonomics gives an impression of stupendous agility unique to the baritone. It weighs 300 grammes less than the 'Series II'.

Saxophone Accessories
B-flat soprano saxophone Concept mouthpiece

The Concept range has quickly established itself as a new benchmark. Ease of response, with a round and rich sound, the Concept mouthpiece is characterized by its exterior design, which is above all for the comfort of the musician.

Saxophone Accessories
E-flat alto saxophone Concept mouthpiece

The Concept range has quickly established itself as a new benchmark. Ease of response, with a round and rich sound, the Concept mouthpiece is characterized by its exterior design, which is above all for the comfort of the musician.

Saxophone Accessories
E-flat baritone to low A saxophone S90 mouthpiece

Producing a very direct, homogeneous sound with great flexibility and suppleness, this balanced mouthpiece will meet the needs of both students and professionals alike.

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