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Saxophone Concerto in E-Flat Major

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Alexander Glazunov

Alexander Glazunov (trans. Joseph Kreines)

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This work bears the designation Opus 109.

General Info

Year: 1934 /
Duration: c. 13:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Alto saxophone and orchestra
Publisher: Aeolus Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00


1. Allegro Moderato – 3:40
2. Andante – 4:50
3. Allegro – 4:45


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Program Notes

The Concerto in E flat major for alto saxophone and string orchestra, Op. 109, was written by Alexander Glazunov in 1934. It is deeply rooted in Romanticism, and has entered the standard saxophone repertoire.

Although invented in the early 1840s, the saxophone was still fairly new and unfamiliar in Glazunov's day; it remained untouched for a long time as it was considered "middle class". However, Glazunov was enthralled by the sound of the saxophone: a new timbre in the musical world.

The work premiered in Nyköping, Sweden, on 25 November 1934, with Sigurd Raschèr, a famous German saxophonist, as soloist. It is Raschèr who is credited for bringing about the concerto's composition. He hounded Glazunov for a saxophone concerto, so much so that the composer wrote to a colleague that he had started the piece in March "under the influences of attacks rather than requests from the Danish (sic) saxophonist named Sigurd Rascher". He completed the work in June 1934.

Glazunov almost certainly never heard his Saxophone Concerto publicly performed, as the first Paris performance of the work did not occur until after his death.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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