Saxophone Music - Solo (Unaccompanied)

(Updated 24 June 2014)

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Music (in order by composer)
S800: The Alex Set for Solo Oboe or Saxophone by Daniel Asia. Merion Music/Theodore Presser, 1994/1996, SS, 9 pages. Daniel Asia (1953-) is an American composer and conductor. This work is in five movements: Alex I, Interlude I (Allegreto), Alex II (Spritely), Interlude II (Adagio), and Alex III (Allegro vivace). The first movement was written when the composer was a student in 1971. In 1995, oboist Alex Klein suggested that the composer write more music for oboe, perhaps a continuation of the original Alex piece. This is the result. Alex II and Alex III can be viewed as variations on the original. Alex I uses some contemporary notation and lacks bar lines, the rest of the piece is more conventional in notation. The duration is about 10 minutes.Click on the cover image to view the first page of the music.
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15.95
S1029: Prayer for Solo Alto Saxophone by Lera Auerbach. Sikorski, 2009, SS, 4 pages. Lera Auerbach (1973-) is a Russian-born American composer and pianist. This is a college level work with a duration of about 7 minutes. It has a variety of tempos and is written without a key signature. There are two altissimo As. Click on the cover image to view the first page.
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13.95

S826: Partita in A minor BWV 1013 by Johann Sebastian Bach transcribed for saxophone solo by Alain Bouhey. Editions Henry Lemoine, 1994, SS, 6 pages. This partita was written for flute during the period 1722-23. It has four movements: Allemande, Corrente, Sarabande, and Bourrée anglaise. Originally in A minor it has been transposed to (written) B minor. The music goes up to altissimo F sharp and has one optional altissimo B. This is easier than the piece below, although it has the same difficulty grade from the publisher. It includes notes in French by Bouhey.
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15.95

S827: Partita No. 2 BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach transcribed for Alto Saxophone by Didier Vadrot. Editions Henry Lemoine, 1991, SS, 12 pages. This partita was written for violin during the period 1717-23. It has five movements: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, and Chaccone. The transcriber has preserved (some of ?) the original multiple stops. The music goes up to altissimo G sharp and has optional 8va markings which take it up higher. Rated "difficult" by the publisher. Although alto saxophone is indicated, this is a solo that can be played by any saxophone.
15.95

S803: Six Suites for Violoncello Solo by J.S. Bach transcribed and edited for saxophone by Trent Kynaston. Advance Music, 1995, 62 pages. The popular cello suites transcribed for solo saxophone. The first five are suitable for college level (and advance high school). The sixth suite has a considerable amount of high altissimo and is for the advanced player comfortable in this range. Includes notes on the music and editing in English and German.
20.95
S579: Suite No. 1 by J.S. Bach transcribed for saxophone solo by Jean-Marie Londeix. Editions Henry Lemoine, 1963, SS, 6 pages. From the Bach cello suites. Seven movements: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuet I, Menuet II, and Gigue. Include some fingering suggestions. Upper intermediate level.
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12.95
S175: Suite No. III by J.S. Bach transcribed for saxophone solo by Jean-Marie Londeix. Editions Henry Lemoine, 1969, SS, 11 pages. From the Bach cello suites. Seven movements: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrée I, Bourrée II, and Gigue. Upper intermediate level. Since we are importing this piece directly we have been able to reduce the price from $23.95 to 18.95.
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18.95

S184: Sequenza VIIb for Soprano Saxophone Solo by Luciano Berio. Universal Edition, 1995. Luciano Berio (1925-2003) wrote this piece in 1969 and it is a version of the Sequenza VIIa which is for oboe. While this edition includes fingerings and some explanation of the technical details by Claude Delangle (in French, German, and English) additional information will be required to successfully perform this work. Advanced/professional level.
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19.95

S183: Sequenza IXb for Alto Saxophone Solo by Luciano Berio. Universal Edition, 1980, 10 pages. Berio (1925-2003) wrote this piece in 1980 and it is a version of the Sequenza IXa which is for clarinet. It includes some suggested fingerings. Advanced/professional level.
Solosax - Luigi Gallo
22.95
S104: Caprice en forme de valse for saxophone solo by Paul Bonneau. Leduc, 1950, SS, 4 pages. An exciting unaccompanied work written for Marcel Mule in 1950. This piece has become a frequently performed part of the saxophone repertoire. Advanced level.
Seasons - Michael HesterBach and Noodles - Harvey PittelSaxophone Voices from Five Countries - Keith R. YoungJean-Marie Londeix - PortraitSolosax - Luigi GalloPaganini Plus - Raaf Hekkema
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14.05


S146: Improvisation et Caprice for Saxophone Solo by Eugène Bozza. Leduc, 1952, SS, 2 pages. Dedicated to Marcel Mule. Improvisation is rhapsodic movement to be played with the character of an improvisation. Caprice is Allegro moderato, but with sextuplet figures that make it a technical showpiece. Upper college level.
Bach and Noodles - Harvey Pittel(Caprice only)
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9.70
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S480: Pièce Brève for Saxophone Solo by Eugene Bozza. Leduc, 1955, SS, 3 pages. Dedicated to Marcel Mule. A challenging solo piece (no specific saxophone is specified). (We have copies of this piece on sale here.)
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11.35
Ob110: Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Oboe Solo by Benjamin Britten. Boosey & Hawkes, 1952, SS, 7 pages. The piece that make up this work are: I. Pan (Senza misura/Lento ma subito accel.), II. Phaeton (Vivace ritmico), III. Niobe (Andante), IV. Bacchus (Allegro pesante), V. Narcissus (Lento piacevole), and VI. Arethusa (Largamete). College level. Also suggested for saxophone.
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19.95
S250: Sketch for Alto Saxophone (Solo) by Ronald L. Caravan. Seesaw Music, 1976, SS, 3 pages. An advanced piece using many extended techniques. The composer provides a program note that explains the concept of the piece and explanations and fingerings for the multiphonics and other effects.
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6.95
S956: Monologue (Impressions on The True Story of Ah Q) for unaccompanied Saxophone by Chen Yi transcribed by Jeffrey Heisler. Theodore Presser Co., 2000/2013, 2 pages. Inspired by Lu Xun's (Zhou Shren, 1881-1936) The Bio of Ah Q. Lu Xun is China's best-known 20th Century author of essays and short stories. He called on the Chinese people to rise and give battle to feudalism. The transcription has raised those parts of the original clarinet version that are too low for the saxophone up an octave. Marked Adagio ad lib., this is an advanced work with some altissimo to C and a duration of 4-5 minutes. Most suitable for soprano or alto saxophone although none is specified. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the saxophone part.
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5.95
S335: Something Serious for solo baritone saxophone by Ian Corbett. Emerson Edition, 2001, 7 pages. The composer (who wrote this piece for himself) describes it as somewhat serious but still jazzy and accessible. This piece uses some contemporary notation but the only extended techniques are growls or flutter tonguing. Written for a low A instrument, alternate phrases are provided in the few places where there are low As. This piece could also be played on the alto or tenor saxophone.
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13.95
S630: Introduction, Dance and Furioso for Unaccompanied Alto Saxophone by Herbert Couf. Belwin/Alfred, 1959, SS, 4 pages. Herbert Couf (1920-) was a clarinetist in the Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, also playing saxophone, a music teacher, and was involved several aspects of the retail musical instrument business. He wrote several of solo pieces for a variety of instruments. The Introduction is Lento (mm=52), The Dance is Andante con moto (mm=88) and marked "very rhythmic." It has a cadenza in the middle. The Furioso is the final section of this piece and it is marked Vivo (mm=184). Early college level but it is on college auditions lists as well. Duration about 4:30.
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6.95
S614: Suite for Saxophone Solo by François Daneels. Schott, 2007, SS, 5 pages. This was the contest piece for saxophone at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Brussels in 1973. No saxophone is specified but on the recording it is played on an alto. Five movements: I. Allegro moderato, II. Tranquillo, III. Scherzo, IV. Cadence/Rubato/Andante, and V. Vivo. There is some contemporary notation in the second movement. An advanced work with a duration of about 6 minutes.
Solosax - Luigi Gallo
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19.95
S555: Syrinx for Solo Alto Saxophone by Claude Debussy transcribed by Jean-Marie Londeix. Editions Jobert, 1971, SS, 2 pages. Transcribed from the original version for flute. The key has been changed from D-flat to E and some fingerings added. This should work fine for soprano saxophone as well.
Solosax - Luigi Gallo
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9.95

S873: Conclusions, Trois Mouvements for Solo Alto Saxophone by Pierre-Max Dubois. Leduc, 1979, SS, 13 pages. A relatively long piece for solo alto. Variations, the first movement, has a theme and five variations. The remaining movements are II. Lamento (Andante molto) and III. Scherzo (Prestissimo). College level with range to F sharp and some flutter tonguing in the last movement.
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22.25

S874: Sonate D'Étude for Solo Saxophone by Pierre-Max Dubois. Leduc, 1970, SS, 12 pages. A solo piece in the form of four etudes. Etude I. Comme une fileuse (Vivo). Etude II. Comme une cornemuse (Allegro), Etude III. Hommage à Paganini, and Etude IV. Comme une guitare (Recitativo, molto rubato). The first two etude titles refer to a spinning wheel (or one who spins thread) and bagpipes. College level (advanced). Range to G sharp (in only one place and the climax of a slow ascending scale). There are some performances on YouTube.
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22.25
S481: Suite Française for Alto Saxophone Solo by Pierre Max Dubois. Leduc, 1962, SS, 12 pages. Dedicated to Georges Gourdet. Eight movements: I. Prélude, II. Courante, III. Sarabande, IV. Gavotte I, V. Gavotte II, VI. Bourrée, VII. Menuet, and VIII. Gigue. Leduc rates this an 8 on their 9 step difficulty scale, but several of the movements are quite a bit easier.
21.80

S914: Still for Solo Baritone Saxophone by Jason Eckardt. Carl Fischer, 2007, SS, 14 pages. Jason Eckardt (1971-) is an American composer who started as a heavy metal and jazz guitarist but abruptly moved to composing after discovering the music of Anton Webern. This is an advanced contemporary piece featuring multiphonics. There is a page of explanation of the symbols used. Click on the cover to view the first page. (The note with the empty square as a notehead in the sample page means to finger the note and blow air without sounding a tone.)
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17.95
S813: Lutte for Solo Alto Saxophone by Thierry Escaich. Misterioso Editions, 1995, 8 pages. Thierry Escaich (1965-) is a French organist and composer. Dedicated to Claude Delangle, the title may be translated as "fight." This piece has some extended articulation techniques and contemporary notation but no multiphonics. Altissimo to G. Here is a performance on YouTube.
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19.75
S747: Melodies for Saxophone by Philip Glass. Chester Music, 2007, SS, 11 pages. Thirteen melodies written for Jean Genet's play Prisoner Of Love adapted by Joanne Akalaitis for the New York Theater Workshop. Several of these are relatively easy but the rest are more challenging because of mixed meter and tempo.
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17.95
S062: Nr. 7 Arrival Platform Humlet by Percy Aldrige Grainger edited by Roger Greenberg. Southern Music Co., 2004, SS, 4 pages. For solo saxophone. "Awaiting arrival of belated train bringing one's sweetheart from foreign parts; great fun! The sort of thing one hums to oneself as one happily, excitedly, paces up and down the arrival platform." Because of the closing of Southern Music this piece is not currently available. We hope to have it when the new owners take over, possibly in July (2012).
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S067: Petite Suite for Alto Saxophone (unaccompanied) by Walter S. Hartley. Wingert-Jones Music, 1970, 4 pages. A popular unaccompanied solo for alto saxophone. College level.
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5.00
S469: Concerto da Camera (Solo) by Arthur Honegger transcribed for alto saxophone by Jean-Marie Londeix. Salabert, 1990, SS, 9 pages. Concerto da Camera was composed in 1948, originally for flute, English horn and chamber orchestra. This is a transcription of the English horn part so it may be performed on alto saxophone. In three movements: I. Allegro cantabile, II. Andante, and III. Vivace.
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16.95
S218: Opcit for Tenor Saxophone Solo by Philippe Hurel. Billaudot, 1992. Philippe Hurel (1955-) is a French composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works. This advanced contemporary piece, written in 1984, is printed on 8 double pages and has four movements. There are a number of videos on YouTube.
27.95

S808: Épisode Quatrième for Tenor Saxophone Solo by Betsy Jolas. Leduc, 1984, 6 pages. Betsy Jolas (1926-) is a French composer who lived and studied in the United States from 1940-46. She has taught in both France and the United States. The notes in the music say, "...the present piece is designed to offer a step-by-step exploration of the entire register of this fine instrument with an almost systematic outward and return journey." It includes slap tonguing, circular breathing and contemporary notation. The duration is 8:15. There are several performances on YouTube, here is one.
15.45
/ / S180: Seasons for Solo Saxophonist by M. William Karlins. Tritone Press, 1990, SS, 8 pages. Dedicated to Frederick Hemke. This piece has four movements named after the seasons. It uses some extended techniques and can be played using soprano, alto, and tenor, or alto and tenor, or alto or tenor. It includes program notes and some corrections (mostly dynamics and articulations) dated 2002. Advanced level.
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8.95
S451: Solo for Alto Saxophone by Rudolf Kelterborn. Baerenreiter (BA 7437), 1995, SS, 4 pages. Rudolf Kelterborn (1931-) is a Swiss composer. This work was commissioned for the 51st International Saxophone Competition, Geneva, Switzerland, held in 1995. This is an advanced work using some extended techniques (mostly articulation) and contemporary notation.
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20.95
S690: Six Exchanges for Saxophone by Lothar Klein. Tenuto Publications, 1972, 6 pages. This solo piece dedicated to Paul Brodie (who has recorded it on soprano saxophone) would be most suitable for soprano or alto saxophone. It has six movements and can be played in its entirety or in either of two groups of three specified by the composer. It is without marked time signatures although most measures have 4 quarter notes. College level with a duration of 6:30. This page from the publisher's website has information on the composer and two short excerpts from the Brodie recording.
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19.95
S109: Monolog 4 Saxophone by Erland von Koch. Gehrmans, 1997, SS, 4 pages. This piece for solo saxophone was written in 1975 and is dedicated to Sigurd and Carina Rascher. It is in two parts (which may be played separately). Part I is rhapsodic, marked Andante espressivo, and is made up of short segments without bar lines. Part II is Allegro molto vivace and alternates between 6/8 and 2/4 with an occasional 3/4 bar. College level.
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16.95
S334: Three Antique Dances for Alto Saxophone Solo by John David Lamb. Ethos Publications, 1991, 4 pages. Three short dances: I. Estampie (Lively), II. Pavane (Slow and warm - rubato), and III. Saltarello (Fast and loose). These would probably rate as upper intermediate level except for the high altissimo (up to what trumpet players call triple high C) in the first and third dances that makes them look like flute music. Excellent for those who want to perform music that demonstrates their proficiency in the altissimo. The duration is about 5 minutes.
An American Tribute to Sigurd Rascher - Lawrence Gwozdz
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8.95

S921: Arak 18th Etude for Solo Soprano Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 6 pages. Dedicated to Jeffrey Vickers (the publisher as well as a saxophonist). This piece is titled after a Moroccan village and style of music. Clearly influenced by Eastern music, several sections are reminiscent of a shawm. Advanced techniques required include multiphonics, slap-tonguing, flutter-tonguing, and 1/4 tone vibrato manipulation. A section of intense virtuosity exists in the middle section consisting of asymmetrical rhythmic groupings. Multiphonic fingerings are given and they are also cross-referenced to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones by Daniel Kientzy (our S040). Click on the cover image to view the first page.
21.50

S929: Bebop 22nd Etude for Solo Alto Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 8 pages. Dedicated to Sumner Truax. Etude for the mastery of rhythmic multiphonics, velocity and alternating slaps in a jazz style. Multiphonic fingerings are given and they are also cross-referenced to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones by Daniel Kientzy (our S040). Click on the cover image to view the first page.
24.95

S934: Bumble Beebop 21st Etude for Solo Alto Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 10 pages. Dedicated to Jacob Anthony Hallman. This etude is also for the mastery of rhythmic multiphonics, velocity and alternating slaps in a jazz style. Multiphonic fingerings are given and they are also cross-referenced to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones by Daniel Kientzy (our S040). Click on the cover image to view the second page.
28.50

S922: Clouds 17th Etude for Alto Saxophone and Synthesizer by Christian Lauba. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 7 pages + CD. Dedicated to Nicolas Prost. This etude is for the mastery of the integration of multiphonics with the sounds of a recorded synthesizer and trills of large intervals. The background track was originally titled Mist, a synthesized track from saxophonist Richard Ducros' CD titled Hard. The etude requires multiphonics, bisbigliandi (including those on multiphonics), a great deal of technical virtuosity, and altissimo. Multiphonic fingerings are given and they are also cross-referenced to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones by Daniel Kientzy (our S040). Click on the cover image to view the first page which is not entirely typical as much of the piece is made up of 32nd note nonuplets (ninetuplets) and similar figures.
24.95
S565: Hard for Solo Tenor Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Fuzeau, 1994, 12 pages. This piece was commissioned by Jean-Michel Goury and was premiered at the 9th World Saxophone Congress in Tokyo in 1988. The composer proposes a synthesis between popular music (hard rock, soul) and contemporary classical music. An advanced piece for tenor saxophone featuring many extended techniques including multiphonics (fingerings given), articulation, extreme high notes, fractional pitch trills, etc. The piece is written precisely but should give the impression that it is a long improvisation.
26.95
S769: Neuf Études (Nine Etudes) for Saxophone in 4 books, Book 1 for Alto Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Leduc, 1996, 18 pages. This volume contains the first four studies which may be performed in concert. They are Balafon (etude for the mastery of circular breathing, delicate dynamics, sound quality with a full clear tone as well as subtones), Savane (consecutive multiphonic sounds), Sanza (etude for the mastery of multiphonic sounds and staccato articulation), and Jungle (slap-tonguing integrated with legato phrasing). Fingerings are given for the multiphonics. Here is a video of a performance of Balafon. Search YouTube for more performances.
27.75
/ S770: Neuf Études (Nine Etudes) for Saxophone in 4 books, Book 2 for Soprano or Tenor Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Leduc, 1996, 19 pages. This volume contains the three studies which may be performed in concert. They are Tãdj for soprano saxophone (melodic etude based upon three modes and varied attacks), Gyn for tenor saxophone (etude based upon the study of attach and resonance), Vir for tenor saxophone (etude for tenor sax summing up the six preceding studies). All of these etudes have multiphonics with fingerings given.
29.25
S771: Neuf Études (Nine Etudes) for Saxophone in 4 books, Book 3 for two Soprano Saxophones by Christian Lauba. Leduc, 1996, 12 pages (two copies in score format). This volume contains the eighth study which may be performed in concert. Ars (etude based upon the study of intervals of the fourth and the fith, with a variety of tempo changes). Fingerings are given for the multiphonics. Here is a video of a performance of this piece.
31.20
S772: Neuf Études (Nine Etudes) for Saxophone in 4 books, Book 4 for Baritone Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Leduc, 1996, 17 pages. The final etude in this set. Bat for baritone saxophone (grand etude based upon tremolos, trills, melodic glissandi and quarter tones). Fingerings are given for the multiphonics and the performer is also referred to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones and Hello! Mr. Sax in this and the other books in this series.
27.20

S933: Partyta 19th Etude for Solo Soprano Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 6 pages. Dedicated to Lars Mlekusch. This etude says it is for the mastery of trills of large intervals but the trills are only a small part of the piece. Most of the piece is various arpeggios, some with multiphonics. Multiphonic fingerings are given and they are also cross-referenced to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones by Daniel Kientzy (our S040). Click on the cover image to view a sample page (this is not representative of the entire etude as there are only four more lines of the arpeggios with multiphonics and only a line and a half prior to this of the trills).
23.50

S935: Pent 23rd Etude for Solo Alto Saxophone by Christian Lauba. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 4 pages. Dedicated to Zachary Pfau. This etude is for the mastery of fifths and larger internvals, legato and slap tounging. Altissimo to G. Multiphonic fingerings are given and they are also cross-referenced to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones by Daniel Kientzy (our S040). Click on the cover image to view a sample page.
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16.95


S1023: Steady Boogie for Alto Saxophone Solo by Christian Lauba adapted by Philippe Geiss. Billaudot, 2013, SS, 3 pages of music plus notes. This is a new and much shorter version of the piece listed below, Steady Study on the Boogie. The tempo is a bit slower, to give more 'groove.' This short form is to be played in the spirit of the blues. Includes fingerings for the multiphonics and some performance notes. The duration is 2 minutes and unlike the piece below which is rated as very difficult, the publisher rates this as a 6 (upper intermediate) on their 9 point scale. Click on the cover image to view the first page.
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11.95

S788: Steady Study on the Boogie for Alto Saxophone Solo by Christian Lauba. Billaudot, 1995, SS, 18 pages. An advanced sectional piece with a duration of about 12 minutes. It features many extended techniques including multiphonics and some articulation techniques. Circular breathing is recommended in some sections. Fingerings are given for many of the the multiphonics but the performer is also referred to Les Sons Multiples aux Saxophones and Hello! Mr. Sax as sources for fingerings that will work on their instrument. There are a number of performances on YouTube, but the beginning is so soft it is difficult to choose one to link to.
19.95

S930: Ariana, Kaboul for Solo Alto Saxophone by Robert Lemay. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 7 pages. Dedicated to Miguel Romero Morán. The composer writes in the forward, "During the reign of the Taliban in Afghanistan, film and music were banned. After the fall of the Taliban, people rushed into the streets with their radios and brought out their televisions. The Ariana cinema was renovated and reopened in 2004." For unaccompanied alto saxophone with optional movie projection (of the performances choice, not included). This piece employs non-traditional performance techniques in the concert hall, including foot stomps, performer movement and gestures. Extended techniques include altissimo, multiphonics, slap-tonguing, key noises and bisbigliandi. Multiphonic fingerings are given. Click here to hear the music (portions are very soft). Click on the cover image to view the first page.
22.50

S1012: La Seine for solo Alto Saxophone by James Matheson. Theodore Pressser Co. 2011/2014, SS, 3 pages. James Matheson (1970-) is an American composer. Originally written for English Horn, this advanced piece has been transcribed for alto saxophone. Inspired by Joan Mitchell’s expressionist painting La Seine, Matheson’s work parallels the painting in its wildly energetic exploration of texture. It has many rapid passages (much more than what is shown in the sample) and a range to altissimo G. The duration is about 4 minutes. Click on the cover image to view the introductory information and the first page of the saxophone part.
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7.95

S814: Volio Etude for Alto Saxophone by Paule Maurice. Billaudot, 1974, 2 pages. Paule Maurice (1910-67) was a French music educator and composer best known for her piece Tableaux de Provence for Saxophone and Piano. College level with a duration of 1:30. Mostly Vif with brief slower sections. In a variety of meters (12/16, 18/16, 4/8, etc.) and in 2 sharps and 6 flats. Range to altissimo G-flat. Click on the cover image to view the first page.
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7.95
S293: Recitatives for Solo Saxophone by Stephen Morland. Broadbent & Dunn Ltd., 1994, SS, 3 pages. An interesting piece for solo saxophone in four movements: Prelude (Very Slow and Calm), Burlesque I (Scherazndo), Lament (Very slow), and Burlesque II (Free but Rhythmic and Lively). The third movement uses some contemporary techniques and notation (not difficult). This piece has only dashed barlines to group the notes. If there were actual bar lines it would be in a variety of meters.
Solosax - Luigi Gallo
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10.95
S171: Improvisation I for Alto Saxophone Solo by Ryo Noda. Alphonse Leduc, 1974. This piece by Japanese saxophonist Noda uses extended techniqes (which are explained to some extent). Upper college level.
Solosax - Luigi Gallo
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11.60
S172: Improvisation II and III for Alto Saxophone Solo by Ryo Noda. Alphonse Leduc, 1975. Two more pieces by Japanese saxophonist Noda using extended techniqes. Improvisation II has multiphonics which the other two do not. Upper college level.
Recrudescence - Douglas MasekRecital Music for Saxophone - Joseph Wytko (both III)
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14.05
S290: Maï for Alto Saxophone Solo by Ryo Noda. Alphonse Leduc, 1973, 3 pages. Another piece by Japanese saxophonist Noda using extended techniqes including multiphonics. Upper college level.
Solosax - Luigi Gallo
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11.85
S436: Pavane, La Fée de la neige (The Snow Fairy) for Soprano Saxophone Solo by Ryo Noda. Alphonse Leduc, 2006, SS, 6 pages. A contemporary and advanced solo piece but without any extended techniques. Dedicated to Marcel Mule, it was written for the 12th World Saxophone Congress of 2000. Duration about 10 minutes.
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16.05
S781: Phoenix (Fushicho) for Saxophone Solo by Ryo Noda. Alphonse Leduc, 1988, SS, 3 pages. A contemporary solo piece (contemporary notation) with some alternate fingerings for some notes. There is a poem to be read prior to the performance which is in Japanese with a phonetic transliteration. It may be read by the performer or by a friend, actor, or dancer who will then do an improvistaion on the music. All of the performances on YouTube are on alto saxophone although no specific saxophone is called for in the music. Here is a performance with the poem and dance.
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14.05
S765: Parable for Solo Alto Saxophone by Vincent Persichetti. Elkan-Vogel, 1973, 4 pages. Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) was an American composer, teacher, and pianist who is well known to many in the United States for his popular compositions for the concert band. This is Parable XI (Op. 123) of the 25 he composed between 1965 and 1986. This work is typical of the series, as it is in one movement and is to be played in an improvisatory manner. College level with a duration of about 7 minutes. Here is a performance on YouTube.
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8.95

S932: Tres Preludios a un Bandoneón for Alto Saxophone by Martín Proscia. Resolute Music Publications, 2012, 6 double size pages. Martín Proscia is an Argentinean composer born in 1983. The bandoneón is a type of concertina which is an essential instrument in most tango ensembles. This series of pieces is an attempt to take a look at the bandoneón (its breathing, its voice, maybe its aura too…) through the saxophone. The first piece is essentially focused on the bandoneón "gestuality", starting with rhythmic, melodic and discursive projections based on its traditional musical materials. The second piece deepens the work on the harmonies derived from the saxophone's multiphonics and its relationship with the bandoneón's tango chords. The third piece continues with the development of the previous pieces related to multiphonic tones but it places special emphasis on melodic development. Multiphonic fingerings are included as well as explanations in English and Spanish of the contemporary notation. An advanced work. Click here to listen to the first Prelude.
26.95
S167: Sonate for Alto Saxophone Solo by Jeanine Rueff. Alphonse Leduc, 1969, SS, 9 pages. In three movements: I. Allegro, II. Adagio, and III. Prestissimo. About 12:30 in duration. Upper college level.
Solosax - Luigi Gallo
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20.35

/ S806: Tre pezzi for Solo Soprano or Tenor Saxophone by Giacinto Scelsi. Salabert, 1984, SS, 8 pages. Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French. His music was virtually unknown until shortly before his death but is now regarded as quite significant. This piece was written in 1956. The three pieces are: I. (mm=80-48), II. Dolce meditativo (mm=48) and III. (mm=108). This is a college level contemporary work. Here is a performance on soprano saxophone.
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/ / S786: True Confessions for Unaccompanied Alto, Tenor or Baritone Saxophone by Charles Stolte. Southern Music Co., 2003, SS, 8 pages. This is an advanced contemporary work. There is high altissimo, some fractional tones and trills (fingerings given) and some harmonics (the composer wants both the fundamental and the harmonic tone to sound). Duration about 7:30. Here is video from YouTube (which also includes a dancer!)
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7.50
S727: Wings for Solo Alto Saxophone by Joan Tower. Associated Music Publishers, 1991, 7 pages. A challenging contemporary work for that was originally for clarinet or bass clarinet. It is dedicated by the composer to John Sampen, Steve Stusek, and Arno Bornkamp who provided help and advice with transcribing this work for saxophone. Click on the cover image to view the first page of the music.
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14.95

S815: Threnody for Solo Saxophone by Fisher Tull. Boosey & Hawkes, 1988, 3 pages. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) was an American composer and music educator. A threnody is a lament and this piece is a memorial to Kenneth N. Deans. It is a contemporary piece that was originally conceived for alto saxophone but may be played on any saxophone. It begins slowly, with faster sections before returning to the original tempo at the conclusion. It includes some contemporary notation, slap tonguing, and high altissimo to C-sharp. College level with a duration of 4 minutes. Here is a recording on tenor sax.
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19.95
S780: 2 Memorials for Soprano Saxophone or Clarinet by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Schott, 2001, SS, 3 pages. British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960-) is one of the most admired and widely performed composers of his generation.  The first piece, Trier, is in memory of Stephen Trier (1930-1999) a  British orchestral clarinet and saxophone performer and writer. It is marked Freely (mm=100) and changes meter almost every measure. The second piece, Memorial, is marked Expressive and free (mm=56-60) is without a time signature. Early college level with an overall duration of 5 minutes. Here is a video.
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9.95

S894: I Sleep at Waking for Solo Alto Saxophone by Ian Wilson. Camden Music, 1995, SS, 2 pages. Ian Wilson (1964-) was born in Belfast and obtained his Ph.D. in composition from the University of Ulster. This is a contemporary piece for solo saxophone. It has altissimo to F sharp and color trills but no other extended technique. It is without a time signature or bar lines. It is on the 2006-2013 ABRSM exam for all saxophones for grade 8. Here is an audio sample from the middle of the piece. The duration is about 4:45.
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21.95

S893: Monody for Solo Saxophone by Jeffery Wilson. Camden Music, 1994, SS, 2 pages. Jeffery Wilson is a British composer, conductor, music educator, saxophonist and clarinetist. He studied at the Royal College of Music. This piece is without time signature or bar lines. The first half is Tempo rubato (Quite slow). This is followed by Agitato (mm=104) with a brief concluding section at Temp Primo. Range to altissimo to F sharp. ABRSM exam syllabus Grade 7.
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