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Eugène Bozza: Aria~ 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 for Alto Saxophone and 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: Pièce en Forme de Habanera for Alto Saxophone and Piano~ 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.

Known for his masterful melodies and rich harmonies, Pièce en Forme de Habanera clearly exemplifies these qualities through flourishing Saxophone lines and evocative, chordal and rhythmic Piano accompaniments. Moreover, the Habanera rhythms throughoutthe piece create a dynamic and exciting effect. All of these musical elements combined create a highly enjoyable piece for the Alto Saxophone repertoire. In addition, the clear print of separate Saxophone and Piano parts in this edition add to an irresistable purchase for budding saxophonists.

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Olivier Messiaen: The Ascension for Organ~ Not Specified (Score, Organ)
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Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) is known for his unique composition style. Incorporating complex rhythms, harmony and melodies, The Ascension for Organ is no exception to the composer's popular, distinctive style.

The Ascension was originally composed for orchestra by Messiaen in 1932-1933. Messiaen arranged The Ascension for solo Organ a year later. The first, second and fourth movements are arrangements of the orchestral version, however, the composer created a new third movement; Outburst of joy from a soul before the Glory of Christ, which is its own glory. The Ascension is essential to all advanced organists seeking to expand and vary their repertoire.

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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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Maurice Ravel: Piece in the Habanera style for Cello and Piano~ 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.

Known for his masterful melodies and rich harmonies, Piece in the Habanera style clearly exemplifies these qualities through flourishing Cello lines and evocative chordal and rhythmic Piano accompaniments. Moreover, Habanera rhythms heard throughout the piece create further excitement. All of these musical elements combine to create a highly enjoyable piece for the Cello repertoire. In addition, the clear print of separate Cello and Piano parts in this edition of Piece in the Habanera style add to an irresistible purchase for budding cellists.

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Philippe Gaubert: Sicilienne for Flute and Piano~ 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.

After a prominent career as a flautist with the Paris Opéra, he was appointed as professor of Flute at the Paris Conservatoire, as well as principal conductor of leading orchestras. It was during this time that Gaubert composed, including his Sicilienne which was published in 1914. Addressing many technical features, including flourishing semiquaver passages, a wide range, changing time signatures, chromaticism, a variety in dynamics and dotted rhythms, Sicilienne is a pleasantly inspiring piece for aspiring flautists.

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Amy Quate: Light of Sothis for Alto 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 Lafosse: Complete method of Slide Trombone – Volume 1 (Trombone)~ 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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Gabriel Grovlez: Sarabande and Allegro for Clarinet and Piano~ Not Specified (Score, Clarinet, Piano)
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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 and Allegro is a sublime addition to the Clarinet repertoire.

Much of the composer's works show neo-classical features, which is also the case in Sarabande and Allegro. Where the texture is predominantly melody dominated homophony, perfect cadences are frequently heard and modulations to related keys occur. Grovlez's C minor Sarabande is in a steady, triple meter, 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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Eugène Bozza: Aria for 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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Marcel Lanquetuit: Toccata in D major for Organ~ Not Specified (Score, Organ)
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Marcel Lanquetuit (1894-1985) studied at the Paris Conservatoire before becoming organist at the church of Saint-Godard in Rouen, followed by the Cathedral. As well as being a prominent organist of his time, Lanquetuit was a renowned composer, but chose to improvise rather than write. A few of his notated compositions remain, however, including the grand and mighty Toccata in D major, published in 1927.

Toccata in D major is typical of the French style and is dedicated to Lanquetuit's first teacher, Albert Dupré. The incessant, staccato chords and memorable melody create a Toccata for Organ like no other, making for an essential addition to the advanced organist's repertoire.

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Paul Jeanjean: "Vade-Mecum" of the Clarinet Player - Six Special Studies (Clarinet)~ 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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Eugène Bozza: Badinage for Trumpet in C or B? 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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Jehan Alain: Three pieces (Organ)~ Instrumental Album (Organ)
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Composed by Jehan Alain, Three Pieces is a set of upper intermediate / advanced works for Organ, with pedals use.

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André Jolivet: Impromptu Fantasy for 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. Impromptu Fantasy 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 Impromptu Fantasy. 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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André Messager: Solo de Concours (clarinet and Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Clarinet)
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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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Jacques Ibert: 4 Famous Pieces for Piano, extracted from 'Stories'~ 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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Jacques Ibert: The Little White Donkey, from Stories for Piano~ Instrumental Work (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 edition contains the second movement of Stories, The Little White Donkey. It is marked 'with quiet good humour' and begins staccato yet pianissimo. The movements of Ibert's Stories, including The Little White Donkey, contain significant influences of Debussy and impressionism. Addressing a variety of musical aspects and techniques, Ibert's The Little White Donkey is an exciting addition to the Piano repertoire.

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Olivier Messiaen: Thème et Variations for Violin and Piano~ Not Specified (Score, Piano, Violin)
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As a passionate composer, organist and ornithologist, many of Olivier Messiaen's works incorporate these three elements. However, he took a different stance for his Thème et Variations for Violin and Piano, composing it as a wedding present for his first wife, Claire Delbos in 1932. Challenging as it is, Thème et Variations is an exciting, varied and compelling performance piece for all advanced violinists.


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