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Stratosphere - Altissimo Etudes for Saxophone

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Getz - StratosphereMost saxophone literature written for the concert stage in the latter half of the twentieth century until today includes passages into the extended register (above high F) or the altissimo register.  This varies widely, from a single note or two just creeping slightly beyond F to extended sections that climb dizzying heights up to four octaves or more.  Gone is the time in the history of the saxophone when it is acceptable to "trim" the register requirements of a significant work to fit the limitations of the performer.  No serious violinist, flautist, or singer would dare walk onto a stage and take a section down an octave or just not play the last two notes of a cadenza!  Nor should we.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2011 09:03

Peter Jona Korn Concerto

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Purchase the Korn Concerto!ALERT: EXCLUSIVE!

Another one of the frequently discussed, rarely performed and otherwise unknown works inspired by the artistry of Sigurd Rascher has now come to light in the 21st century.  The Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Op. 31 by Peter Jona Korn was composed shortly after the premier of Korn's 3rd Symphony in 1956.  The world premiere took place on January 6, 1957 in Elkhart, Indiana with the Elkhart Symphony, conducted by Zigmont Gaska.  The only other documented performances by Rascher were with the Oklahoma Symphony in 1957, the European premier with the North German Radio Orchestra on April 1, 1958 conducted by the composer, and finally  a performance in Brisbane Australia with the Queensland Symphony on October 26, 1959.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2011 09:19

Highlander's Lament - A New CD from Elliot Riley

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In decades past, musicians/saxophonists have bemoaned the abscense of truly artistic saxophone recordings that take their place alongside the recordings of other world-class, classical instrumentalists.  Thankfully, saxophonists from all "schools" of playing are changing this dynamic!  The mostly unfiltered democracy of the internet is giving people around the world a chance to hear, compare, contrast, and appreciate these different artistic approaches to saxophone playing. The saxophone tradition that began in Berlin in the 1930s is producing some of the most intelligent, exciting and expressive classical playing in concert halls and on recordings. Highlander's Lament, the debut solo recording by saxophonist Elliot Riley and pianist Scott Mitchell, stands as a brilliant testament to this tradition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:26

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