Saxophone Concerto in E-Flat Major
This work bears the designation Opus 109.
1. Allegro Moderato – 3:40
2. Andante – 4:50
3. Allegro – 4:45
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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
- Audio: Russian National Orchestra
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- Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Erik Leung, conductor; Benson Truong, alto saxophone)) - 26 May 2021
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 11 February 2020
- University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Symphonic Band (Jamal Duncan, conductor; Eric Troiano, also saxophone) – 30 April 2017
- University of Hawaii Aloha Concert (Jeffrey Boeckman, conductor; Todd Yukumoto, also saxophone) - 21 April 2013
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Autumn (arr. Bancroft) (1900/1970)
- Autumn from "The Seasons" (arr. Safranek) (1900/1921)
- Saxophone Concerto in E-Flat Major (tr. Kreines) (1934/)
- Concerto in E-flat
- Finale from "Symphony No. 5" (arr. Kline) (1895/)
- March on a Russian Theme
- Marche de Noces
- Ouverture Solennelle (arr. Balay) (1901/)
- Quatuor pour saxophones (1932/1959)
- Raymonda (arr. Suzuki) (1898/2001)
- Saxophone Concerto (arr. Dobbelstein) (1934/2016)
- Stenka Razine
- Valse de concert (arr. Duthoit) (1893/1937)
- Saxophone Concerto (Glazunov), Wikipedia Accessed 30 April 2017