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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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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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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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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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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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Couperin F: Pièces De Clavecin Livre 1 (Lp21)~ Score (Harpsichord)
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The first volume of Couperin's Harpsichord Pieces does not contain a date of publication, however, it is thought to have been composed during 1716-1717, due to the address which the composer gave on his other Harpsichord compositions. Yet, the compilation remains a favourite.

Many of the composer's works have picturesque titles. Examples of this in his first volume of Pieces for Harpsichord include, Les Papillons (The Butterflies), L'Enchanteresse (The Enchanting) and Les Plaisirs de Saint Germain en Laÿe (The Pleasures of Saint Germain en Laÿe). Couperin's moods are expressed through choices of keys, adventurous harmonies and discords. With a significant amount of variation and inspiration, Pieces for Harpsichord is essential to the repertoire of aspiring players of the instrument.

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Amy Quate - Light Of Sothis Pour Saxophone Et 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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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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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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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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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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Gabriel Grovlez - Sarabande Et Allegro Pour Hautbois Et 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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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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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.

In this progressive method, the importance of the purity of the sound is highlighted and the flautist should work their techniques keeping this idea constantly in mind.
A calendar appears at the beginning of the method to ensure progress is made and advice is given in four languages.

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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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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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Ravel: Pièce En Forme De Habanera Clarinette Sib Et Piano~ Score (Clarinet, Piano Accompaniment)

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Initially composed in 1907 for Bass Voice and Piano, Habanera by Maurice Ravel was transcribed for Bb Clarinet and Piano for this edition.

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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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Ryo Noda: Improvisation I~ Instrumental Work (Alto Saxophone)

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Japanese born Ryo Noda (b. 1948) has been hailed for his forward-looking, avant-garde compositions and innovative playing techniques. Improvisation 1 is no exception.

Noda's compositional achievements were significantly recognised in 1973 when he was awarded the SACEM Composition Prize. Improvisation 1 was published a year later, at the height of his career. Exploiting extended techniques on the Saxophone to their full potential, Noda provides a score with a written glossary. However, a significant amount of interpretation with regards to tempo, pauses and pitch bends is left to the performer. Improvisation 1 is based on Shakuhachi playing, a Japanese Flute made of bamboo, tuned to the minor pentatonic scale. For all saxophonists, Noda's Improvisation 1 is an excellent, varied addition to advanced repertoires.

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Marcel Moyse: Exercices Journaliers Pour La Flute~ Instrumental Tutor (Flute)
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Published in 1922 and written by the French flautist and composer Marcel Moyse (1889-1984), Daily Exercises proposes a series of 25 exercises for Flute.

Created for the use of intermediate/advanced flautists and with a given timetable organised over a one-month period, Daily Exercises should help the players to feel more comfortable when using the low and high registers. Considered as a maestro by some musicians, Marcel Moyse has composed many Flute methods and exercise books also published by Alphonse Leduc, such as Gammes et Arpèges (1933), De la Sonorité (1934) and Mécanisme-Chromatisme (1927). His methods are widely used and recognised worldwide.


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