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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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Paul Bazelaire/Luigi Boccherini: Rondo, for Cello and Piano~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Cello)

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As a prestigious composer of the late 18th century, Luigi Boccherini's (1743-1805) Rondo, 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 courtly, gallant style, Rondo, originally composed for Violin and Harpsichord, clearly exemplifies these qualities through the 2/4 time signature, flourishing Cello lines and evocative, chordal and rhythmic Piano accompaniment. Moreover, syncopation rhythms and ornamentation 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 Rondo add to this irresistable 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.

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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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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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Paul Taffanel/Philippe Gaubert: 17 Grands Exercices Journaliers De Mécanisme (Flute)~ 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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Marcel Moyse: De la Sonorité - Art & Technique (Flute)~ 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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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 Fauré: Romance In A Op. 69~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Cello)

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Romance In A by Gabriel Fauré for Cello and Piano. Part of the the Alphonse Leduc catalogue, this work has been produced to the highest editorial and printing standards.

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Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine (Flute/Piano)~ Score (Piano Accompaniment, Flute)
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Created in 1943 as part of the four exam pieces for the Paris Conservatoire, this charming Sonatine for Flute and Piano is part of the early works of Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), a French Composer following the paths of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.

Henri Dutilleux was internationally acclaimed for his work winning prizes such as the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the UNESCO's International Rostrum of Composers, among many others. His work also includes sonatas for piano and for oboe, two symphonies, the cello concerto Tout un monde lointain (A whole distant world), the violin concerto L'arbre des songes (The tree of dreams) and the string quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the night).

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Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantasy in E flat major for Cornet or Trumpet and Piano~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Trumpet)
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Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) is best known for his Carnival of the Animals and Organ Symphony. Yet, his Fantasy in E flat major arranged for Cornet or Trumpet and Piano remains popular in the advanced repertoire for the instruments.

Saint-Saëns entered the Paris Conservatoire at the mere age of thirteen, where he studied Organ and composition. He then went on to have a successful career as an organist and composer, writing his Fantasy in E flat major in 1857. The piece was originally composed for the Organ, but Henri Busser (1872-1973) recognised the work's significance and arranged it for Cornet or Trumpet with Piano accompaniment. To this day, Fantasy in E flat major remains prominent in the advanced brass player's repertoire.

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Marcel Moyse: Daily Exercises (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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Joseph Edouard Barat: Andate Et Scherzo (Trumpet/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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Bohuslav Martinu: Sonatina (Bb Clarinet and Piano)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Clarinet)
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Composed in 1956 by Bohuslav Martinu, the Sonatina for Bb Clarinet and Piano is a neo-classical piece.

This work, to be played as a single movement has been written in three different sections: Moderato, Andante and Poco Allegro. The rhythms are reminiscent of a Polka and a March and the piece contains unexpected syncopation.
Being one of Bohuslav Martinu‘s later works, it was written in New York, after he spent some time in Paris.

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was a Czech composer and a violinist. Even though he was interested in different style, including Romanticism, Jazz and Expressionism, he wrote mainly neo-classical pieces, including 16 symphonies, 14 ballets and 15 operas.

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Alexandre Glazounov/André Petiot: Eb Concerto (Alto Saxophone)~ Instrumental Work (Piano Accompaniment, Alto Saxophone)
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Written in 1934 by Alexandre Glazounov (1865-1936), this Eb Concerto for Alto-Saxophone is a fourteen-minute piece dedicated to Sigmud M. Rasher, a famous Saxophonist and soloist.
Initially composed for Saxophone and Strings, there was no mention of a second composer, even though the 1936 publication adapted for Saxophone and Piano mentioned the name by André Petiot (1886-1976).

The concerto starts with an Allegro moderato in 4/4, followed by an Andante transition mainly in C flat major at 3/4, and ending on a Fugato in 12/8.
The first performance of this concerto in public occurred after the death of its author, in Paris.

This concerto is a classical piece of the Saxophone romantic repertoire.

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Pierre-Max Dubois: Romance (Bb Clarinet and Piano)~ Instrumental Album (Piano Accompaniment, Clarinet)

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Composed by Pierre-Max Dubois, Romance is a piece for Bb Clarinet and Piano accompaniment, dedicated to Fred Lockwood. This melodious piece is perfect for intermediate players. Interesting for both players and for the audience, it is a nice piece to play during a recital.

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Jehan Alain: Litanies for Organ~ Instrumental Album (Organ)

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Jehan Alain (1911-1940) was a French organist and composer. His Litanies for Organ was composed in 1937 and is a sublime addition to the instrument's repertoire.

Alain studied with Organ virtuosos, Guilmant and Vierne and was primarily an organist and composer of religious music. Whilst at the Paris Conservatoire, he won many prizes and his composition catalogue comprises some 140 works. Alain's Litanies is his most famous work and is prefaced with the text; "When, in its distress, the Christian soul can find no more words to invoke God's mercy, it repeats endlessly the same litany....for reason has reached its limit; only faith can take one further..." From lively and comical pieces, to sensitive and unexpected works, Alain's pieces are diverse in musicality. Moreover, the composer exploits Organ techniques, making Litanies an exciting and varied piece for advanced level organists.

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Ulysse Delécluse: Six Suites de J. S. Bach arranged for Clarinet~ Instrumental Album (Clarinet)
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The infamous Six Cello Suites by J. S. Bach are perfectly arranged for the Clarinet by French clarinetist, Ulysse Delécluse (1907-1995).

Bach originally composed the Cello Suites, some of the most recognisable and frequently performed solo compositions ever written for the instrument, during the period 1717-1723, when he served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. Delécluse's adaptions for Clarinet (1965) include phrase marks, dynamic markings, articulation and performance directions. Delécluse's adaptions are flawless, making the notorious Suites enjoyably accessible for the Clarinet.


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