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Eugene Bozza: Aria (Alto Saxophone/Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Alto Saxophone)

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Aria by Eugène Bozza (1905-1991) is a lyrical piece written in 1936 for advanced Alto Saxophone players. Technically and musically challenging, being able to master vibrato and control your instrument well will be greatly beneficial to effective playing of this piece.

Dedicated to the famous French Saxophonist Marcel Mule, Aria required from the player a good mastery of breathing as there are few rests and this also suggests that the intonation should be applied carefully as well.
A relaxed piece that's really popular among players, this piece can remind of the style of J. S. Bach and is thoroughly enjoyable.

Eugène Bozza won different prizes at the Conservatoire de Paris such as the First Prizes for the Violin, conducting and composition, as well as the Grand Prix de Rome. He also composed several operas, chamber works and ballets among others.


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Gabriel Grovlez: Sarabande Et Allegro (Alto Saxophone/Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Alto Saxophone)
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Gabriel Grovlez (1879-1944) studied under Gabriel Fauré at the Paris Conservatoire. His compositions proved to be extremely versatile, from Operas and Ballets to solo works. Grovlez's Sarabande et Allegro is a sublime addition to the Alto Saxophone repertoire.

Many of the composer's works show neo-classical features, which is also the case in Sarabande et Allegro, where the texture is predominantly melody-dominated homophony, perfect cadences are frequently heard, and modulations to related keys occur. Grovlez's F minor Sarabande is in a steady, triple meter, superbly contrasted by the fast Allegro, composed in the relative major. All these features make for a thoroughly enjoyable and delightful performance!


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Maurice Ravel: Piece En Forme De Habanera~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Alto Saxophone, Saxophone)

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As a prestigious composer of the early 20th century, Maurice Ravel's Pièce en Forme de Habanera contains many features which continue to make the composer's music popular and loved to this day.


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Gabriel Grovlez: Sarabande Et Allegro For Oboe And Piano~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Oboe)
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Gabriel Grovlez (1879-1944) studied under Gabriel Fauré at the Paris Conservatoire. His compositions proved to be extremely versatile, from Operas and Ballets to solo works. Grovlez's Sarabande et Allegro is a sublime addition to the Oboe repertoire.

Much of the composer's works show neo-classical features, which is also the case in Sarabande et Allegro where the texture is predominantly melody-dominated homophony, perfect cadences are frequently heard and modulations to related keys occur. Grovlez's D minor Sarabande is in a steady, triple metre, superbly contrasted by the fast Allegro, composed in the relative major. All these features make for an enjoyable and delightful performance.


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Henri Busser: Andante and Scherzo, Op. 44 (Trumpet and Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Trumpet)
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Written by Henri Büsser, Andante and Scherzo, Op. 44 is a superb composition for Trumpet and Piano. This chamber work was used as an audition piece for the Paris Conservatory and this edition contains the solo scores for B flat and for C Trumpet.

Henri Büsser (1872-1913) was a French classical composer and organist. He was a professor at the Paris Conservatoire and a member of the Académie Française. He wrote a ballet, numerous operas and chamber music.


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Eugène Bozza: Aria (Violin Or Flute And Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Flute, Violin)

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Having won many prizes at the Paris Conservatoire during the 1920s-1930s, Eugène Bozza went on to conduct the orchestra of the Opéra-Comique and to become Head of the Conservatoire in Valenciennes. As a major figure on the classical music frontline, Bozza's compositions were well-received by audiences, Aria for Violin or Flute and Piano being no exception.

This Bozza piece, adaptable for either Violin or Flute, is lyrical and graceful, displaying the beautiful, lower register of both instruments, accompanied by rich, pulsating chords in the Piano. As music educationalist, Paul Griffiths has written of Bozza's compositions, "his works reveal melodic fluency, elegance of structure and a consistenly sensitive concern of instrumental capabilities."


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Paul Jeanjean: Vade-Mecum Du Clarinettiste (Clarinet Solo)~ Study (Clarinet)
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'Vade-Mecum' for the Clarinet is a set of six studies by Paul Jeanjean (1874-1928) and was composed for intermediate level players who don’t always have the time to practise but have to be warmed up. It should prepare them in approximately half an hour and is particularly good to render the fingers and tongue rapidly supple. It should also help to overcome imperfections and weaknesses. Paul Jeanjean (1874-1928) is a French composer known for his Clarinet compositions. He also composed '16 Études modernes', 'Arabesques' and 'Clair Matin'.


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Philippe Gaubert: Sicilienne~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Flute)

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Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941) was a distinguished performer on the Flute. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that his compositions for the instrument are at the forefront of the Flute's repertoire, Sicilienne being no exception.


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Marcel Dupré: Cortège Et Litanie (Organ)~ Instrumental Work (Organ)
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This version of Cortège Et Litanie by Marcel Dupré was written for Organ. For upper intermediate players, these 8 page composition is written with 4 sharps and includes the use of the pedals.


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Eugène Bozza: Badinage (Trumpet And Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Trumpet)
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Eugène Bozza's Badinage, meaning banter, is an exciting addition to the trumpeter's repertoire. Exploiting the instrument's potential, Badinage is ideal performance repertoire for intermediate- to advanced-level Trumpet players.

Born in Nice, Bozza (1905-1991) went on to study at the Paris Conservatoire, winning prizes for the Violin, conducting and composition, as well as the Grand Prix de Rome. His capability and creativity come across clearly in his Badinage for Trumpet and Piano through jesting, ascending arpeggio flourishes and energetic staccato call-and-response passages between the Trumpet and Piano. The comic nature of this piece is successfully portrayed, making Bozza's Badinage is an essential, fun and varied piece for the Trumpet repertoire.


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Amy Quate: Light Of Sothis For Saxophone And Piano~ Not Specified (Score, Piano, Saxophone)
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Contemporary composer Amy Quate works in a wide variety of musical styles, forms and media. Composed in 1982 and dedicated to saxophonist Debra Richtmeyer, Light of Sothis creatively depicts the brightest star in heaven.

Sothis, now called Sirius, is the star aspect of the goddess Isis, whose light confines the cycles of nature which bring beauty, prosperity and life. It is believed that Sothis blesses us with sacred illumination and it is this which Quate depicts in Light of Sothis. In three movements, Grace, Passion and Faith, the Saxophone line has lyrical melodies contrasted with dramatic scalic passages, covering the entire range of the instrument. Suitable for intermediate level saxophonists, a performance Quate's Light of Sothis proves to be an enticing prospect.


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André Jolivet: Fantaisie Impromptu (Alto Saxophone And Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Alto Saxophone)

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André Jolivet (1905-1974) established his love for composition from a young age. This remained throughout his life, and he held the post of Professor of Composition from 1966-1970 at the Paris Conservatoire. Fantaisie Impromptu for Alto Saxophone and Piano was published in 1953, and remains highly regarded.

Jolivet, himself a cellist, wished to explore composition for all instruments, and therefore has a considerable number of works in all fields. The composer's style is also known for its spirituality, and the desire to associate the everyday with the magical, and the human with the universal. Jolivet draws on acoustics and atonality, as heard in his Fantaisie Impromptu. The piece requires advanced skills due to its use of complex rhythms and harmonics. For all advanced saxophonists, Jolivet provides an exciting, alternative piece for the instrument's repertoire.


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Maurice Ravel: Piece En Forme De Habanera (Cello)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Cello)

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As a prestigious composer of the early 20th century, Maurice Ravel's Piece in the Habanera style, transcribed for the Cello by Paul Bazelaire, contains many features which continue to make the composer's music popular and loved to this day.


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J.S. Bach: Suites For Cello (Arr. Lafosse For Tenor Trombone)~ Instrumental Album (Trombone)
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The infamous Six Cello Suites by J. S. Bach are perfectly adapted for the Trombone by French professional trombonist, André Lafosse.

Bach originally composed the Cello Suites, some of the most frequently performed and recognised solo compositions ever written for the instrument, during the period 1717-1723, when he served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. Lafosse's adaptions for Trombone (1946) include phrase marks, dynamic markings, articulation, breath marks, and performance directions. Lafosse's adaptions are flawless, making the notorious Suites enjoyably accessible for the Trombone.


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Gaubert: 17 Exercices Journaliers De Mécanisme Pour Flute Traversiere~ Study (Flute)
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Composed by Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) and Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941), 17 Grands Exercices Journaliers de Mécanisme should be performed daily to maintain and strengthen your technique and tone.


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Jacques Ed. Barat: Andante Et Scherzo (Trumpet And Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Trumpet)
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Joseph Edouard Barat (1882-1963) is best known for his concertos and compositions for solo wind and orchestra. His sympathy for wind music is thought to have been influenced by his work as a bandmaster with the French Army, from which his compositional expertise has derived.


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Jacques Ibert - Histoires Pour Piano : Le Petit Âne Blanc - A Giddy Girl - La Cage De Cristal - La Marchande D’eau Fraîche.~ Not Specified (Score, Piano)

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Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) studied at the Paris Conservatoire before embarking upon a successful composing career. Stories increased his popularity when it was published in the mid-1920s and it remains significant in the advanced pianist's repertoire.

This selection of pieces from Stories includes 1) The Little White Donkey, 2) A Giddy Girl, 3) The Crystal Cage, and 4) The Market of Fresh Water. The movements of Ibert's Stories contain significant influences of Debussy and impressionism. Addressing a variety of musical aspects and techniques, Ibert's Stories is an exciting addition to the Piano repertoire.


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Louis Vierne - Messe solennelle en ut dièse mineur pour chant et deux orgues~ Not Specified (Score, Voice, Organ)
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Andre Lafosse: Methode Complete Volume 1~ Instrumental Tutor (Trombone)
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Conceived for beginners and written in 1921, André Lafosse’s Complete method of Slide Trombone – Volume 1 is an introductory method with comments and explanation for Slide Trombone. Including various exercises and studies, this complete method will also guide the player with the right positions to adopt and direct him to produce a clean sound on the instrument.

Complete method of Slide Trombone has been written in three volumes, the first two in 1921 and the last one in 1946 and the Bass Trombone is covered in an appendix of three pages.

André Lafosse (1890-1975) was a Trombonist and a professor at Paris Conservatoire. He also composed a suite for brass quintet called 'Suite Breve' and recorded with Stravinsky.


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André Messager: Solo De Concours~ Instrumental Work (Clarinet, Piano Accompaniment)
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André Messager (1853-1929) composed Solo De Concours for Clarinet in 1899, as a Paris Conservatoire Contest piece.

Composed in three sections, the cheerful first part contains triplet figures by the Clarinet that can easily be heard over the Orchestra. The second part has a strong French melody that can be heard as an exchange between the Clarinet and the Orchestra. A cadenza followed by trills ends this section and leads to the final part, where the Clarinet stands out from the Orchestra, with a rich melodic energy.

André Messager is a previous student of Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns who wrote numerous operas, operettas and ballets. He was later appointed Commander of the Legion d’Honneur.



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