Born in Tunisia in 1952, Christian Lauba has been a prominent contemporary composer, winning many prizes since his graduation from the Conservatory of Bordeaux during the mid-1980s. Lauba is particularly noted for his compositions for the Saxophone, such as Étude No. 11 for Baritone Saxophone and Prerecorded Synthesizer or Piano.
Premiered in 2002, Étude No. 11, "Stan" was commissioned by Pierre Choffé for the Bordeaux Opera. The work is highly virtuosic and modern, including multiphonic Saxophone sounds and other advanced technical features. The score of Étude No. 11 also comes accompanied with a CD of the Prerecorded Synthesizer part. With a typical performance lasting around eight minutes, this Lauba study, nicknamed "Stan" is described as a 'study in virtuosity for well-tempered and well-quantized instruments'. For all advanced Baritone saxophonists, Étude No. 11 provides an alternative, modern work, essential to a varied repertoire.