French composer, Pierre Max Dubois (1930-1995) significantly contributed to the wind repertoire. Circus Parade Duo for Alto Saxophone or Clarinet and Drums was published in 1965 and remains prominent as a more unusual addition to the ensemble repertoire.
Dubois' music is characteristically light-hearted with unusual harmonic and melodic textures. Circus Parade Duo reflects Dubois' compositional characteristics with a typical performance lasting about fifteen minutes. Dubois' work is suitable for advanced performers, addressing virtuosic features, such as complex rhythms, constant changes of time signature, chromaticism, and exploitation of the ensemble, amongst other aspects. Circus Parade Duo is essential to the advanced Alto Saxophone, Clarinet and Percussion repertoire as Dubois' work makes for an exciting, varied and enjoyable performance for players and audiences alike.