alto saxophone and percussion
To Max Jézouin
and the students of Saxophone at the Angoulemes Conservatory
2 minutes 30
was composed with an educational purpose, at Max Jézouins
request, for pupils of preparatory or elementary level. It contains different
kinds of difficulties, in answer to Max Jézouins suggestions.
part is not difficult and can be played by a young student of percussion.
It needs :
- 2 drums of same category (two different pitches)
- 1 triangle
- 1 suspended cymbal
In case there is no triangle, one single cymbal will do.
is divided into three sections :
I - In the first section one of the drums makes a regular pulsation,
while the saxophone, in very short scraps of phrases, is supported by
the beats and puts into practice rhythmical notions acquired in the class
of theory. These phrases are made of only six notes, always in the same
register. However their ordering, their duration, the way they have to
be attacked or played are constantly renewed.
II - In the second section, on the contrary, there is no beat (the
score is written in proportional notation). The saxophone part, then melodic
and expressive, in a rubato character of improvisation, has the leader
role, the percussion being only a punctuation.
III - In the third section, which is a variation of the first one,
the beat again is prevailing.
At the end the saxophone unfolds a descending nostalgic phrase, before
emitting a multiphonic sound aimed at merging into a tremolo of the suspended
cymbal for an iridescence effect.