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Concerto for Alto Saxophone

By Henry Brant

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Alto Saxophone, Piano reduction
Composed by Henry Brant (1913-). Arranged by Elizabeth Ames. Contemporary. Solo part with piano reduction. With standard notation. 36+12 pages. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.W2659).

Item Number: CF.W2659

ISBN 9780825893179.

Henry Brant was inspired to write his Concerto in 1941 specifically for the virtuosity of Sigurd Raschèr, the incredible performer of the day. He incorporated Raschèr's techniques of slap-tongue, flutter-tongue, and extended altissimo, which made the Concerto virtually unplayable by any other saxophonist. After Raschèr's last performance of the work in 1953, it would be almost half a century before Brant would authorize another performance with orchestra in 2002, and the fortunate saxophonist was Dr. Noah Getz, another formidable talent. Getz worked closely with Brant in preparation for the performance, and continues to champion the work today. The foreword by Getz provides an excellent overview of the Concerto, and more information is available on his website. While Brant resisted the creation of a piano reduction, Elizabeth Ames has now produced a critical edition, using all available sources. The reduction was thought to be essential in allowing saxophonists to study the work, and in advancing performances of the Concerto with orchestra, as the composer intended.

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