Fantaisie pour Saxophone Alto

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Jules Demersseman

Jules Demersseman (arr. Josef Hastreiter)

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Also know as Fantaisie sur un Thème Original. This work bears the designation Opus 32.

General Info

Year: 1860 / 1992
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Alto Saxophone and Piano
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts - $152.95   |   Score Only - $23.53


Full Score
Condensed Score
Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written only 20 years after the saxophone's invention, this 1860 masterpiece captured, for the first time, the enormous potential of the saxophone.

- Program note by publisher

Fantaisie sur un Thème Original, written by Jules Demersseman in 1860, was composed in the early days of the saxophone's history, when the instrument was relatively unknown. The high technical facility called for in this work is thus all the more surprising. Demersseman had an outstanding reputation as a flute virtuoso; as a composer, he was known for his flute and saxophone fantasies.

- Program note by Sacramento Symphonic Winds concert program, 28 October 2012


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Demersseman, J.; Hastreiter, J. (1992). Fantaisie : pour saxophone alto : For Band [score]. Molenaar: Wormerveer, Netherlands.
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