In September 2013, I wrote a post on the blog from my website about an introduction to the baritone saxophone where I suggested some pieces to start studying this instrument (read it here).

Although there are some original pieces for alto saxophone that work very well on the baritone (I often work on them with some of my students with a very good result in our saxophone auditions) such as Bozza’s ARIA, CHANSON ET PASSEPIED by Rueff, Telemann’s SONATA (version Londeix) and Guillou’s SONATINE, I after have discovered some original and very suitable pieces for this kind of students that start to be interested in the baritone saxophone.

Following the example of another article that I posted in April 2014 (click here to read it) where I made a detailed reference of some advanced pieces for baritone saxophone, I felt like doing the same with a less technically and interpretative demanding repertoire but more appropriate for an intermediate student (or amateur) level in Classical/Contemporary music.

So I focused on a few works in order to give you some detailed references such as their level and characteristics. For now, here are the first selection of solo pieces, with electronics (I think that it is very important that students soon begin to get used to this format), with piano and chamber music (except standard saxophone quartets).

I hope you find this article useful and helpful.

Baritone Saxophone Solo

MAKNONGAN (1976), Giacinto Scelsi
Editions Salabert (1986), Paris (FRA). 2 pages. Around 4:00 long. Contemporary music
MEDIUM level. Range (written): E3 – F#4
Technical skills: Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Circular breathing (optional).
Performance skills: Color changes. Play it as an improvisation.

SIX SHORT PIECES (2014), Greg Bartholomew
Burke & Bagley, Seattle (USA). Contact the composer to purchase it. 7 pages. Around 6:30 long. Neoclassic.
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – B5 (optional C6)
Technical skills: Wide sonority at the high register. Intonation. Tonguing accuracy. Varied articulations. Fast excerpts at the altissimo register.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing in slow pieces. Perform with ease and agility in the fast movements

EL SUR, Adolf Ventas       (Listen to it here)
No edited. 8 pages. Around 9:00 long. Neoclassic (Messiaen limited transposition modes are used)
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): C3 – A5
Technical skills: Intonation. Vibratos. Tonguing accuracy. Some very fast excerpts. Altissimo register.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing on the slow movement. Perform with ease and agility on the fast movements

Baritone Saxophone and Electronics

18 (2009), Joan Arnau Pàmies       (Listen to it here)
Editions Bar&Co, Ambazac (FRA). 1 page. 7:20 long. Tape. Contemporary music.
EASY level. Range (written): Db3 – C5
Technical skills: Wide range of timbres. Pianissimo dynamics. Circular (optional) breathing. Intonation. Use of contemporary music effects (optional). Timing tempo (in seconds)
Performance skills: Color changes. Synchronized performance and sound integration with the electronic part. Creativity (the composer allows to add contemporary sound effects -key sounds, flatterzunge, aeolian sounds, etc- for the performance)

ALAS DE SEDA (1996), Juan Manuel Cortés
Contact the composer (jmcortes2@movistar.es) to purchase it. 10 pages. Around 6:00 long. Tape. Neoclassic.
EASY-MEDIUM level. Range (written): C3 – F#5
Technical skills: Breathing. Tonguing accuracy. Intonation. Varied articulations. Glissandi. Some fast excerpts. Saxophone changes (baritone on 1st and 3rd movements and soprano on 2nd and 4th movements)
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing in slow movements (baritone). Perform with ease and agility on the fast movements (soprano). Performance synchronization and contextualization with the recorded audio. Ability on changes.

SHEROW MUSTERY BAR (2011), Xavier Parlant                   (Listen to it here)
Contact the composer (xavier.parlant@laposte.net) to purchase it. 2 pages. 4:40 long. Tape. Modern (disco) music.
MEDIUM level. Range (written): A2 – B5
Technical skills: Tonguing accuracy (low register). Varied articulations. Altissimo register.
Performance skills: Perform with ease in the style of Modern (disco) music. Synchronized performance with the electronic part.

Baritone Saxophone and Piano

CANTO MÍSTICO (2006), Santiago Báez
Contact the composer (santibaez1982@hotmail.com) to purchase it. 3 pages. Around 3:30 long. Neoclassic
EASY level. Range (written): C4 – D#5
Technical skills: Breathing (long phrases). Wide sound at the medium-high register. Intonation. Vibrato.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing. Tone coloring.

PRELUDE ET DIVERTISSEMENT, Robert Clérisse
Éditions Gérard Billaudot, Paris (FRA). 2 pages. Around 3:30 long. Post-impressionist.
EASY-MEDIUM level. Range (written): C#3 – D5
Technical skills: Breathing. Intonation. Tonguing accuracy. Varied articulations.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing. Perform with ease and agility on the fast section

PIÈCES BAROQUES, White Album
Eight different works by: Marin Marais, Louis de Caix d’Herveloux, Giovanni Batista Cirri, Georg-Friederich Haendel
Editions Bar&Co, Ambazac (FRA). 4 pages. Baroque (original for viola da gamba, cello and oboe)
EASY-MEDIUM level. Range (written): A2 – G5
Technical skills: Breathing (long phrases). Intonation. Tonguing and articulation accuracy.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing in slow pieces. Perform with ease and agility in fast pieces. Phrasing in the style of Baroque music.

PIÈCES BAROQUES, Blue Album
Eight different works by: Arcangelo Corelli, Marin Marais, Antonio Vivaldi, Louis de Caix d’Herveloux, Alessandro Scarlatti, Georg-Friederich Haendel, Pietro Gaetano Boni, Georg Philipp Telemann
Editions Bar&Co, Ambazac (FRA). 16 pages. Baroque (original for violin, viola da gamba, cello and oboe)
MEDIUM level. Range (written): A2 – G5
Technical skills: Breathing (long phrases). Intonation. Tonguing and articulation accuracy. Some very fast excerpts. Altissimo register.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing in slow pieces. Perform with ease, agility in fast pieces. Phrasing in the style of Baroque music.

SOLO DE CONCERT NÚM. 2 OP. 77 (1860-61), Jean-Baptiste Singelée   (Listen to it here)
Roncorp Publications, Inc. (USA). 2 pages. Around 3:15 long. Classical/Romanticism music
MEDIUM level. Range (written): C3 – C5
Technical skills: Breathing (long phrases). Intonation. Vibrato. Tonguing and articulation accuracy. Some fast excerpts.
Performance skills: Expressive phrasing in slow section. Perform with ease and agility on the fast section

PA’L BARI (2008), Fernando Lerman
Contact the composer to purchase it. 3 pages. Around 5:00 long. Neoclassic
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A2 (optional) – F#5
Technical skills: Intonation. Tonguing accuracy. Varied articulations.
Performance skills: Phrasing in the style of Argentinian popular music. Perform with ease and agility

Chamber Music with Baritone Saxophone

FALW (1990), Patrice Sciortino
Baritone Saxophone and Percussion (Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Toms: one player)
Éditions Alphonse Leduc, Paris (FRA). 13 pages. Around 7:00 long. Neoclassic
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A2 – F#5
Technical skills: Intonation. Tonguing accuracy. Varied articulations and dynamics. Some very fast excerpts.
Performance skills: Playing with lot of rhythm precision. Perform with ease and agility on the fast movements. Performance synchronization and contextualization with the percussionist.

LA DERNIÈRE NUIT (2011), David Salleras Quintana
Duo for Alto and Baritone Saxophones (or Soprano and Tenor)
Saxophone Chamber Music Collection – David Salleras Quintana (ESP). 14 pages. Around 7:00 long. Neoclassical
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): A#2 – F#5
Technical skills: Breathing (long phrases). Intonation. Tonguing and articulation accuracy. Some very fast excerpts.
Performance skills: Perform with ease and agility on the fast sections. Playing with lot of expression and rhythm precision. Rubatos.

TRIO (2006), Pedro Pardo
Variable formation (original for Flute, Bb Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone)
Periferia Sheet Music, Barcelona (ESP). 4 pages. Around 8:00 long. Neoclassic
MEDIUM-HIGH level. Range (written): C#3 – F5
Technical skills: Intonation. Tonguing accuracy. Varied articulations and dynamics. Some very fast excerpts. Measure changes.
Performance skills: Perform with ease and agility on the fast sections. Playing with lot of expression and rhythm precision. Rubatos. Phrasing.