Saxophobia (arr. Schuller)

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Rudy Wiedoeft

Rudy Wiedoeft (arr. Gunther Schuller; ed. Ted Hegvik)

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General Info

Year: 1918 / [199-?]
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


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Program Notes

Saxophobia is the third movement of the suite Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft.

- Program Note from publisher

In 1918 Rudy Wiedoeft wrote the piece that was to make him famous. It became the largest selling solo in the history of the saxophone, and it became his trademark the world over. Wherever he appeared, it was to be found up on the marquee next to his name: “Rudy Wiedoeft - Saxophobia.’ ‘‘

-Program Note by Eugene Garfield

Although the name Rudy Wiedoeft (1893-1940) is relatively unknown today, during the 1920s the name Rudy Wiedoeft was literally a household word. Wiedoeft’s individual musical style defied a singular description and was labeled as “vaudevillian,” “ragtime,” and even “classical.” Nevertheless, his impact upon the popularity of the saxophone in both the U.S. and Europe is legendary and definitive. He recorded for virtually every record company of his time, amassing literally hundreds of recordings.

Saxophobia was one of his signature tunes and the title aptly identifies the “saxophone mania” that swept across the nation during that period.

- Program Note by the Brigham Young University Wind Symphony concert program, 5 March 2015

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Garfield, E. "How Rudy Wiedoeft’s Saxophobia Launched the Saxual Revolution." Current Comments. Philadelphia: ISI Press. No. 10 (6 March 1989).
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Rudy Wiedoeft." Accessed 28 February 2015
  • Wiedoeft, R.; Schuller, G.; Hegvik, T. [199-?]. Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft [score]. Belwin: Miami, Fla.