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Premier Quatuor

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Jean Baptiste Singelée

Jean Baptiste Singelée (ed. Hermann Rid)

This work bears the designation Opus 53.

General Info

Year: 1857 / 2008
Duration: c. 15:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Köbl Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €35.00


1. Andante/Allegro – 5:15
2. Adagio sostenuto – 4:55
3. Allegro vivace – 2:15
3. Allegretto – 3:00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As a longtime friend of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone (they met as students at the Royal School of Music), Jean-Baptiste Singelée encouraged Sax to develop the four principal members of the saxophone family, and composed what is very likely the first work ever written for the saxophone quartet, his Premier Quatuor, Op. 53, completed in 1857.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Chamber Winds (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 21 October 2019
  • Clash of the Saxes (Schaerbeek, Belgium) - 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jean-Baptiste Singelée, Wikipedia Accessed 21 October 2019
  • Singelée, J.; Rid, H. (2008). Premier quatuor op. 53 für Sopran-, Alt-, Tenor- und Baritonsaxophon [score]. Edition-Diewa: [Munich, Germany].