The Black Page (1976)
Composer: Frank Zappa
saxophone quartet version

"The Black Page," which first appeared on Zappa in New York (recorded live in 1976), took its name from a comment of a band member to the effect that his chart contained so many notes that the page was black.  

The work is in fact two distinct pieces ("The Black Page" #1 and #2).   Both are notoriously difficult to perform (though the second is somewhat less so), and #1 served on occasion as a test piece for Zappa's grueling auditions--he once instructed guitarist Steve Vai to memorize it and play it "as fast as he could," and on another occasion required the drummer Vinnie Colaiuta to sight read the daunting solo percussion prelude.
Andrew Deruchie