Born in Toulouse, Marcel Bitsch (1921-2011) went on to study at the Paris Conservatoire before becoming a professor of counterpoint at the institution. As an exceptionally versatile composer, Bitsch has composed orchestral works, chamber works and numerous pieces and studies for wind instruments. Villageoise is a sublime addition to the Alto Saxophone repertoire.
Suited to intermediate level saxophonists, Bitsch's Villageoise, published in 1953, contains a range of exciting musical aspects, including varied articulation, modulation, changes in time signature, and much variation in dynamics, tempo and performance directions. The diversity of musical elements included in this Marcel Bitsch work for Alto Saxophone and Piano is outstanding, creating a necessary addition to the intermediate saxophonist's repertoire.