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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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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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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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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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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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Moyse M: De La Sonorite Art Et Technique Flute Traversière~ Instrumental Tutor (Flute)
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Published in 1934 and written by the French flautist and composer Marcel Moyse (1889-1984), De la Sonorité proposes a method to acquire a beautiful sonority on the Flute. Created for the use of advanced flautists, the exercises should give a means to the players to transform their sounds and obtain a different and better tone.

De la Sonorité is divided into five parts:
1. Timbre and homogeneity of tone in the 3 registers
2. Suppleness of tone (especially in the low register)
3. Attacking and slurring notes
4. Fullness of tone
5. Management of tone in interpretation

Considered as a maestro by some musicians, Marcel Moyse has composed many Flute methods and exercise books such also published by Alphonse Leduc, such as Gammes et Arpèges (1933), Exercices Journaliers (1922) and Mécanisme-Chromatisme (1927). His methods are widely used and recognised worldwide.

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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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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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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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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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Gabriel Grovlez - Sarabande Et Allegro Pour Clarinette Et Piano (Arr. Ulysse Delécluse)~ 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: 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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Toccata En Ré Majeur Pour Grand-Orgue~ 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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Alexandre Aroutiounian - Aria Et Scherzo Pour Trompette En Si Bémol Et Piano~ Not Specified (Score, Piano, Trumpet)
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Armenian composer and pianist, Alexandre Aroutiounian (1920-2012) was awarded many prizes for his compositions throughout his career. His Aria and Scherzo for Trumpet and Piano is little-known, yet it is a sublime addition to the modern repertoire.

Aroutiounian's works have been performed all over the world and he is particularly remembered for his Trumpet Concerto. Melodic and rhythmic characteristics of Armenian music are prominent in Aroutiounian's works, further expressing his nationality by use of ashughner (folk minstrel) improvisations. Aria and Scherzo is made up of two movements, the Aria marked as adagio and the Scherzo as allegretto. Tonality is exploited throughout and contains unique uses of rhythm and ensemble. Aroutiounian's Aria and Scherzo is an exciting piece for all advanced trumpeters.

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Eugene Bozza: 12 Etudes-Caprices~ Study (Saxophone)
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To this day, Eugène Bozza (1905-1991) remains one of the most prolific composers for wind instruments, despite being a violinist himself. His Douze Études-Caprices for Saxophone will enable the pupil to attain brilliant technique on the instrument.

The studies in Bozza's books prepare students for the most difficult rhythms and melody writings. Furthermore, Douze Études-Caprices contains exercises on range, intervals, embouchure, breath control, phrasing, articulation and dynamics, among other aspects. Being Caprices, all Bozza's studies are lively, short and free from form, making for a unique and essential aid in the progression of advanced Saxophone studies.

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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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Olivier Messiaen: Le Banquet Celeste~ Instrumental Work (Organ)

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Le Banquet Celeste, by Olivier Messiaen is one of his earliest compositions. Written for Organ, this piece lasts 7 minutes because of its slow tempo that gives it a timeless feeling. This piece is quite challenging and would require an advanced technical level.

Written in Octatonic mode, Le Banquet Celeste used a theme that was transposed twice for less monotony

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was a French organist and composer passionate about Ornithology and one of the most important composer of his century. Inspired by Japanese music, he had a very special way of composing and his work can be identified by its complexity, its diatonic aspect, its harmony with limited transposition, its colour and its additive rhythms. He composed many works related to ornithology and birdsong, including the 'Bird Catalogue' in 7 volumes and the 'Treatise on rhythm, colour and ornithology' in 7 volumes.

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Londeix: Sonate En Mib Saxophone Mib Et Piano~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Alto Saxophone)
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German baroque composer, Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, becoming a composer against his family's wishes. However, his musical career saw him hold important positions and, to this day, he remains a major composer. His sublime Sonata in C minor for Oboe is superbly arranged for Alto Saxophone by contemporary French saxophonist, Jean-Marie Londeix.

Telemann composed his Sonata in C minor for Oboe whilst in service to the German Royal family. During this time, he composed a wealth of instrumental music, including Sonatas and Concertos. Londeix's arrangement for Saxophone of Telemann's Sonata includes adaptions for the instrument, such as dynamics, phrase marks, performance and tempo directions, articulation and breath marks, making the baroque genre accessible to the Saxophone, a relatively modern instrument.

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Eugène Bozza: Lied (Trumpet/Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Trumpet)

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