This article is a follow up from the one I published a few months ago about the initiation to the baritone saxophone. The previous article was directed to amateur and intermediate level saxophone students (with general contents of repertoire, material, some aspects to consider in practice, etc.) Now I have focused on one of the most interesting subjects of the more advanced students: the repertoire.

Instead of listing hundreds of pieces (for that you can look at the general repertoire of the Association Bar&Co from my website), I would prefer to be honest with you and comment on some of the works from my repertoire which might be useful to work with.

So I made a brief selection of pieces for saxophone solo, with electronics, with piano and chamber music, which allows you to supplement your classroom work with other saxophones in the conservatory. Many works have been left out, but maybe later I will write another article with more repertoire. For now, here they are…

1) Baritone Saxophone Solo

GEOMETRÍAS 1 (2003), Antonio Velasco. (Watch it here)
Edicions Clivis, Barcelona (E). 5 pages. Around 6:30 long. Contemporary music.
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – Bb5
Technical skills: Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Tonguing accuracy. Diversity of articulations and vibratos. Quarter-tone accidentals. Relative notation. Flatter. Aeolian sounds. Multiphonic sounds.
Performance skills: Playing with intensity. Colour changes.

HENDIA (2002), Sixto Manuel Herrero Rodes. (Listen to it here)
Rivera Editores, Valencia (E). 8 pages. Around 5:30 long. Contemporary music.
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): Bb2 – C#6
Technical skills: Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Tonguing accuracy. Diversity of articulations and vibratos. Altissimo register. Multiphonic sounds. Key sounds. Voice.
Performance skills: Playing with intensity and dramatism. The composer suggests singing a saeta or reciting a poem at the end of the work.

OXYTON (1991), Christophe Havel. (Watch it here)
P. J. Tonger Musikverlag, Köln-Rodenkirchen (D).  8pages. Around 9:00 long. Contemporary music.
VERY HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – Bb6
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Tonguing accuracy. Variety of articulations and vibratos. Fluctuating tempo. Quarter-tone accidentals. Altissimo register extreme. Flatter. Aeolian sounds. Multiphonic sounds. Portamenti.
Performance skills: Playing with lot of intensity. Colour changes. Phrasing.

TIME FIELDS (2002-06), Hèctor Parra. (Listen to it here)
Edicions Tritó, Barcelona (E). Around 5:30 long. Contemporary music.
VERY HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – G6 (or as treble as possible)
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Tonguing accuracy. Variety of articulations and vibratos. Wide intervals. Fluctuating tempo. Quarter-tone accidentals. Altissimo register extreme. Flatter. Aeolian sounds and smorzandi. Multiphonic sounds. Portamenti.
Performance skills: Playing with lot of intensity. Phrasing according to the big fluctuations in tempo from the rallentandos and accellerandos in the piece.

2) Baritone Saxophone and Electronics

A CHILLIDA (1997), Mercè Capdevila
Contact the composer to purchase it. 10 pages. 16:48 long. Live electronics modulated with SPX90 II. Contemporary music.
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – F6 (or as treble as possible)
Technical skills: Altissimo register. Variety of articulations. Key sounds. Flatter. Portamenti. Aeolian sounds. Natural overtones. Trumpet and flute sounds. Voice.
Performance skills: The composer allows the performer to choose to perform 2 or 3 movements from the total of 5.

JACKDAW (1995-2004), Wayne Siegel. (Watch it here)
Contact the composer to purchase it. 10 pages. 10:23 long. Tape. Minimalistic.
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): Bb2 – G5                            
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Tonguing accuracy. Wide intervals. Intonation. Wide sonority at the high register.
Performance skills:  Performance synchronization with the recorded audio

PIMPIN’ (2007-08), Jacob Ter Veldhuis. (Watch it here)
Boombox Holland (NL). 9 pages. 8:32 long. CD. Modern.
HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – E6
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Tonguing accuracy. Wide intervals. Intonation. Wide sonority at the high register. Growl. Bend.
Performance skills: Playing with intensity with the character of modern music. Performance synchronization and contextualisation (music and lyrics) with the recorded audio.

VA I VE (2010), Sergio Fidemraizer. (Watch it here)
Editions Bar&Co, Ambazac (F). 14 pages. 6:05 legth. Tape. Contemporary music.
HIGH level. Range (written): A#2 – E6                  
Technical skills: Relative notation. Timing tempo (in seconds). Some very fast excerpts. Altissimo register. Multiphonic sounds. Key sounds. Variety of articulations and vibratos. Growl. Voice. Portamenti. There is a free improvisation section in the middle of the piece.
Performance skills: Playing with intensity. Colour changes. Performing while searching for integration with the electronic part.

3) Baritone Saxophone and Piano

CAUSA SUI SONATA (ed. 2002), Carl Fischer
Notissimo Editeur (Alphonse Leduc), Paris (F). 4 big pages (DIN A3). Around 6:30 long. Contemporary music.
HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – Bb5
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Tonguing accuracy. Variety of articulations. Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Natural overtones. Quarter-tone accidentals. Multiphonic sounds. Phantom notes.
Performance skills: Chamber work with Piano

ÉLEGIE Op. 24 (1880), Gabriel Fauré
Editions Bar&Co, Ambazac (F). 2 pages. Around 6:00 long. Romanticism (original for cello and piano).
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – C6
Technical skills: Wide sonority in all registers. Breathing (long phrases). Some very fast excerpts including altissimo register. Vibratos. Intonation.
Performance skills: Expressive romantic phrasing.

SONATA Op. 6 (ed. 1976), Garland Anderson
Southern Music Company, San Antonio (US). 6 pages. Around 10:30 long. Neoclassic.
MEDIUM level. Range (written): Bb2 – F5
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Tonguing and articulation accuracy.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing in slow sections. Perform with ease and agility on the fast movements.

TROIS POUR DEUX (1982), Jeanine Rueff
Editions Combre, Paris (F). 8 pages. Around 8:30 long. Neoclassic.
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – G5
Technical skills: Tonguing and articulation accuracy. Some multiphonic sounds.
Performance skills: Perform with ease and agility on the fast movements. 

4) Chamber Music with Baritone Saxophone

DUO-SONATE (1977), Sofia Gubaidulina
Two baritone saxophones (original for two bassoons)
Musikverlag Hans Sikorski, Hamburg (D). 8 pages. Around 9:00 long. Contemporary music.
HIGH – VERY HIGH level. Range (written): Bb2 – D6 (1st baritone) / G#2 (or A2) – H5 (2nd baritone)
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Tonguing accuracy. Variety of articulations. Altissimo register (with flatter). Adapt original bassoon multiphonic sounds to baritone. Quarter-tone accidentals. Intonation.
Performance skills: Playing with intensity and dramatism. Colour changes.

LE BAL (ed. 2004), Thierry Escaich
Saxophone quartet (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone)
Gérard Billaudot Éditeur, París (F). 10 pages. Around 12:00 long. Neoclassic (Messiaen limited transposition modes are used).
HIGH – VERY HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – F5
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Tonguing accuracy. Variety of articulations. Intonation.
Performance skills: Playing with intensity. The baritone saxophone role is very important as expressive rhythmical base.

JMDC (2010), Dominique Soulat
Baritone saxophone quartet
Editions Bar&Co, Ambazac (F). 7-8 pages. Around 9:00 long. Jazz.
HIGH level. Range (written): H2 – E6 (1st baritone) / C#3 – E5 (2nd baritone) / C#3 – F#5 (3rd baritone) / A2 – D5 (4th baritone)                
Technical skills: Some very fast excerpts. Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Tonguing accuracy. Intonation.
Performance skills: Perform with ease and agility on the fast movements. Performance in the style of Jazz. During the piece, each performer has a section on which to improvise.