Solo de Concert Op. 77, for Baritone Saxophone and Piano. Jean-Baptiste Singelée

Friend of Adolphe Sax, the Belgian violinist and composer Jean-Baptiste Singelée wrote twenty works for saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) and piano and two quartets. These pieces were composed to promote the saxophone during the immediate years of its invention in 1840. Singelée used the most common styles of chamber music of that time (concert solos, fantasies, themes with variations, etc.) to show the melodic and virtuoso possibilities of the new instrument.

The Solo de Concert num. 2 Op. 77, written in 1860 or 1861, is one of the first works for baritone saxophone of the History of Classical Music at the same time that is also the Singelée’s second piece for baritone saxophone and piano (his first one is the Fantaisie Op. 60, dated from 1858). This work was composed for competition of the Paris Conservatoire in 1861 and was dedicated to Adolphe’s father, Charles-Joseph Sax (1790-1865).