Fundamental Affirmation

Music of Yes for Solo Electric Bass

by Peter Saint-Andre

Ever since I started listening to the progressive rock band Yes in my early teens, I've been inspired by the nobility, grandeur, and deeply positive spirituality of their music.

In 1999 I began to absorb and ponder their music more seriously. One of those new encounters was Bill Martin's book Music of Yes, in which he suggests the idea of "Squire Variations" as a modern equivalent of the Bach Cello Suites. Inspired by the possibilities, I've arranged the following Yes works for solo electric bass (one from each album in what Martin calls their "main sequence"):

Although I've completed these arrangements and even written some liner notes, I still need to figure out how to handle Rick Wakeman's huge organ solo near the end of "Close to the Edge"!

(Fans of Yes music might also be interested in an exploration of And You and I that I wrote some years ago.)

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