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    I'm planning on performing Debussy's "Rhapsodie" for alto saxophone in the Spring. I've been working off of a copy that my professor had lying around, but it's time to seriously buckle down, which means it's time to purchase an original copy.

    I have a few issues with the copy I'm using (it's the "Révision V. David" by Editions Henry Lemoine), such as unclear indications of duples and fewer places for expression than some of the reference recordings I've listened to. (For instance, Rousseau's recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1ZyfNozCD4.)

    JWPepper lists three versions of the piece: the one I'm using, one published by Durand S.A. Editions Musicales, and one edited by Ernst Gunte-Heinemann (which, as described by Pepper, looks to be the most authoritative version). I've included the links to all three below in the order I just listed them. Any advice as to which edition I should go for of the two that I don't already have? I figure that if neither version is better than the one I'm using already, I can return whichever one I go with and get an original copy of the version I'm already using.

    Thanks for the help!

    Henry Lemoine: http://www.jwpepper.com/Rhapsodie/95...m#.WGr7SrYrIy4
    Durant S.A. Editions Musicales: http://www.jwpepper.com/Rhapsody/518...m#.WGr4sLYrIy4
    Gunte-Heinemann: http://www.jwpepper.com/Rhapsody/102...m#.WGr4FLYrIy4

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    Default Re: Debussy's "Rhapsodie"

    There is a fully orchestrated midi file kicking around on the web, which could be useful for practice if you use a DAW. I know the piece from Clarinet, but it also sits very well for Sax, with a few adjustments ( classical or otherwise) like most of the music from the impressionists. One of my projects with this piece is using Tenor and changing the instrumentation to a more contemporary feel.
    PS. I'm working from the Clarinet ver. So can't help with a Sax ver.
    A pic of how to achieve the perfect embouchure.

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    In reality, there is no definitive version. This piece was unfinished, sent back to Elise Hall, and asked never to be performed. There are a LOT of different arrangements and I don't think you can call any of them "authoritative". Go with the one that you like the best. I played the Rousseau areangement in college because it gave the saxophonist more to do, but there have been more arrangements published since then.
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    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dZg8OPPNpY&sns=em
    Hi ignore my post, I mistook the Clarinet ... Premier Rhapsody for the Alto Rhapsody. Thinking they were one and the same.:
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