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Jules Demersseman : Premier Solo : Allegretto et Allegro for baritone saxophone and piano

By Jules Demersseman

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Piano, Baritone Sax - Intermediate
Composed by Jules Demersseman. Arranged by Paul Wehage. Romantic Period, Repertoire. Score, Solo Part. 12 pages. Published by Musik Fabrik (S0.62357).

Item Number: S0.62357

An examination piece for Adolphe Sax's class at the Paris Conservatory in 1865.Jules Demersseman was born on January 9, 1833 in Hondschoote, a small town in the north of Francenow near the border of Belgium. He entered the Paris Conservatory in 1844 in the class of Jean-LouisTulou and won a first prize in flute in 1845. Demersseman had a career as a pedogogue and soloist, oftenperforming his own compositions. A close friend of Adolphe Sax, he wrote some of the first works everwritten for the saxophone, as well as for the saxhorn and for Sax‘s valved trombone, most of which werepublished by Sax himself.. Demersseman died in Paris on December 1, 1866 at the age of 33.The work is in the form of a Cavatina and Cabaletta, a vocal aria form used in Bel Canto operas during thelife of Demersseman. In this form, a slow, expressive and ornamented melody (the cavatina), usually withsolo cadenzas is followed by a faster, usually more dramatic but equally florid section (the cabaletta). Famousexamples of this form include the aria Una voce poco fa in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Casta diva ...Ah! bello a me ritorno in Bellini‘s, Norma. It is important to listen to vocal performances in this style, especiallyin performing the solo cadenzas, which (in spite of the notation) are not necessarily meant to be performed asvirtuoso effects., but rather as a means of displaying expression and beautiful tone.

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