Trois Petits Préludes »
« Three short Preludes »
for alto saxophone in Eb and piano
to Claude Delangle
Total duration : 10 minutes
was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture for an educational purpose.
prelude, « Nostalgico »,
that can be played early in the current of the curriculum, unfolds a very
simple song, the a-tonal melody of which is sustained by a chromatic scale.
Although there is no tonic, there are insistent privileged notes.
The pianos role consists in making a halo of reverberating sounds
around the saxophones line.
The piece aims at being a training for phrasing and legato in the medium
prelude, « Andante »,
suits to slightly more experienced performers.
Written in dialogue, it is a training for several kinds of « détaché
», stresses and portando in law and medium register.
In this piece the two instrumentalists are obliged to carefully listen
to each other.
prelude, « Lirico »,
already needs a high competence in the instrument.
It can evoke a choreographic game, in a delicate and elegant atmosphere,
of two people who imitate and echo each other, withdraw, then rejoin each
The saxophone ends the piece on a complaining tone.
the first prelude, there is no regular beat . The score is written in
Claude Delangless collection