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    Default Looking for Challenging Classical Alto Solos

    Alright, so I'm looking into a classical Alto Sax solo that is challenging technically.

    I'm not looking for extended techniques for now, but on the levels of Ibert or Glazunov.

    I don't feel like doing the Creston Sonata, it's not much of a challenge.

    Oh yeah, I'm not looking for something that is accompaniment dependent like the Glazunov.

    I wanted to do Ibert this year since it was very possible for me, but my band director advised me to save it for next year so I could make it sound really great.

    What options do you guys recommend.

    I'm already looking into the Pequena Czardas, and maybe Scaramouche.
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    you should email legitalto

    he is a fantastic legit player and a great teacher out of Dallas area
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    Having heard several of your videos, I'd suggest you not dismiss the "easy" ones but rather focus on making them more musical.

    It's not just about playing the notes on the page.
    Go for The Tone,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    Having heard several of your videos, I'd suggest you not dismiss the "easy" ones but rather focus on making them more musical.

    It's not just about playing the notes on the page.
    I'm already working on the 3 Romances by Schubert for that.
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    Default Re: Looking for Challenging Classical Alto Solos

    How about the Creston Concerto?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hakukani View Post
    How about the Creston Concerto?
    I'm checking it out right now.
    I like the piece, but I'm hoping its not accompaniment dependent.
    I could easily get a piano player, but a band is a different thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunsoo View Post
    Alright, so I'm looking into a classical Alto Sax solo that is challenging technically.

    I'm not looking for extended techniques for now, but on the levels of Ibert or Glazunov.

    I don't feel like doing the Creston Sonata, it's not much of a challenge.
    When you become a better musician, you will understand the challenge of the Creston Sonata.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kfoster View Post
    When you become a better musician, you will understand the challenge of the Creston Sonata.
    I already know the challenges of it, I'm just not really enthusiastic about playing it, since its been overplayed around me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunsoo View Post
    I already know the challenges of it, I'm just not really enthusiastic about playing it, since its been overplayed around me.
    That is quite different than the dismissive tone your first post conveyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kfoster View Post
    That is quite different than the dismissive tone your first post conveyed.
    I didn't put much thought into my post. I was just trying to set the parameters here.
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    My daughter is also in high school, so I understand what you are saying about wanting something challenging that is different than what others are doing. Glazunov, Creston (both sonata and concerto) are really played by everyone.

    This is what she's playing, in addition to learning/performing Glazunov this year:

    --Scaramouche (last year) not as hard
    --Maslanka Sax concerto 1st movement
    --Fuzzy Bird Sonata

    She won a competition on Fuzzy Bird, probably because it was so different than what all the other woodwinds were playing. I doubt she would have won playing Glazunov.

    Now I haven't listened to your videos--but you have to be at a really advanced level to play the last two.

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    Default Re: Looking for Challenging Classical Alto Solos

    You might want to take a peek at the John Worley Sonata for alto saxophone if your altisimo playing. It is more romantic than the Creston and requires good articulation as well.

    If you want to really stretch, take a look at the Lucie Robert Cadenza. She was on staff at the Bordeaux conservatory and accompanied Londiex when he was in the US in the 70's. It was amazing to hear her play the pieces she wrote with him.
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    Default Re: Looking for Challenging Classical Alto Solos

    Muczynski Sonata, Hartley Duo or Petit Suite, Gotkovsky Brillance, Desenclos Prelude Cadence et Finale, Bach Flute Partita, Schulhoff Hot Sonate. Off the top of my head, I'd recommend those to a very good freshman/sophomore college classical player. Again, the real challenge is making music, but I think I know what you're talking about in terms of reading something challenging in terms of notes. I like lots of notes, too . I'd visit a variety of university sax studio web pages and find their course syllabus. Often you can find the collection of a university professor's favorite pieces to teach arranged in a convenient level 1,2,3,4,5 etc.

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    Wow!!!!!

    I did not know about the Takashi Yoshimatsu Fuzzy Bird Sonata.

    That's it!! I must order the piece and learn it! What a fantastic piece of work!




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    I playing this year Boneau Valse Caprice. There is much to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    Having heard several of your videos, I'd suggest you not dismiss the "easy" ones but rather focus on making them more musical.

    It's not just about playing the notes on the page.
    +100!!! 'Musicality' does seem to be your weak area.
    Find something with a slow to moderate tempo and play 'from the soul' and not the fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bandmommy

    +100!!! 'Musicality' does seem to be your weak area.
    Find something with a slow to moderate tempo and play 'from the soul' and not the fingers.
    Bozza's Aria....and don't try and tell me it's too easy.

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    I have Bozza's Aria now, might as well look over it.
    Has anybody done the Dubois Saxophone Concerto?
    Or the Ingold Dahl Concerto for Saxophone?
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    Alto: I use whatever available, S-80 C*
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    I'm trying to learn the Dubois right now, and it is very challenging. Honestly I'm kind of worried that I won't be able to get the whole first movement clean and memorized in time for the first performance of it in 6ish weeks from now. Lots of notes, lots of jumps, lots of alternate fingerings required, ect. It is very hard to make it sound like more than a wall of notes though. And also, the accompaniment is also very challenging. A quick google search suggests that people usually play it when they're an upper classmen in college(not grad school). I was stupid enough to try it as an upper classmen in high school. All that said, it is a blast to play, even when played poorly.

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    Default Re: Looking for Challenging Classical Alto Solos

    Quote Originally Posted by bandmommy View Post
    +100!!! 'Musicality' does seem to be your weak area.
    Find something with a slow to moderate tempo and play 'from the soul' and not the fingers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Atonal View Post
    Bozza's Aria....and don't try and tell me it's too easy.
    What kind of A-hole comment is that?
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