Glazunov (Rousseau): Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra (score and parts)
Code: JP6039 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0375-9
From the time of its invention, a new instrument will have
music written for it only when composers have heard the
instrument played well. Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet,
written in 1791, is generally considered the first great
work for that relatively young instrument. The completion
of the Concerto occurred almost one century following its
invention, and was inspired by the virtuoso Anton Stadler.
Brahms was inspired by the great German clarinetist
Richard Muhlfeld, and created four major works for the
clarinet. Although Brahms lived until 1897, more than a
half century after the saxophone was born, there was no
equal to Richard Muhlfeld whom he could hear playing the
saxophone. There is a striking parallel with the
history of the saxophone, as the first great works were
composed nearly one century after its invention -
concertos by Glazunov in 1934, and Ibert in 1935 - both
inspired by the virtuoso Sigurd Rascher.
The construction of Glazunov's work is unique in that it
does not follow the traditional format of three
movements. It is comprised of numerous sections, all of
which are connected, thus it would be a misnomer to
refer to it as a one-movement concerto.
This edition, edited by Eugene Rousseau, includes
a full score and a set of parts for the string
orchestra (4-4-3-3-2). Extra parts are available, if
needed, from Jeanne, Inc.
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Eugene Rousseau has included his own extended version of Glazunov's cadenza. This concerto is also available separately in a piano
reduction of the accompaniment (JP4081).