15 Master’s Level Works for Baritone Saxophone

15 Advanced Works for Baritone Saxophone [2]

 

Many baritone players asked me for advice on the repertoire for baritone saxophone. As it is impossible to know all repertoire (check out this post), I have a long list with the most interesting works in terms of pedagogy and interpretation that I studied or played once at least.

Late 2020, I revised the “15 Intermediate Works for Baritone Saxophone”, “15 Advanced Works for Baritone Saxophone (1)” and “15 Advanced Works for Baritone Saxophone (2)” that I posted on this blog between 2013 and 2015. Then, I updated them by replacing transcriptions and including more recent pieces, in order to promote of the original repertoire for the instrument.

In Summer 2023, I have added some data for the techniques you can find in each of these 15 Master’s Level works for Baritone Saxophone. I hope you find it useful!

1) Baritone Saxophone Solo

OXYTON (1991), Christophe Havel
Publisher: P. J. Tonger Musikverlag, Köln-Rodenkirchen (GER)
Duration: Around 9:00
Range (written): A2 – Bb6
With no doubt, this work is really a milestone of our repertoire in terms of techniques (with really hard elements) as well as interpretative. Indispensable.
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PRESS RELEASE (1991/2001), David Lang
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP), New York (USA)
Duration: Around 10:00
Range (written): A2 – B5
Originally composed for bass clarinet and adapted later for the baritone saxophone by the composer, this work requires a great dynamics control in all registers and a great physical resistance.
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LA FUSAIN FUIT LA GOMME (1999), Marie-Hélène Fournier
Publisher: Henri Lemoine, Paris (FRA)
Duration: Around 15:30
Range (written): A2 – D7
Upon a fast ostinato tonguing on the low D, there progressively appear other sound elements (harmonics and all kind of multiphonics), variations on the staccato (from soft tonguing to slap) and rhythm. This is a very physical and demanding work.
Listen to the audio!

TIME FIELDS (2002-06), Hèctor Parra
Publisher: Edicions Tritó, Barcelona (ESP)
Duration: Around 6:00
Range (written): A2 – G6 (or as treble as possible)
As a good example of a “new complexity” style, it is impossible to play this astonishing work without a great deployment of performing energy.
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TROIS RÊVES EN MUSIQUE (2015), José Luis Campana
Publisher: Babel Scores, Paris (FRA)
Duration: Around 10:30
Range (written): A2 – B6
This is an impressive work in all senses: technically and interpretatively. If you like challenges, this is your piece.
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2) Baritone Saxophone and Electronics

A CHILLIDA (1997), Mercè Capdevila
Live electronics modulated with SPX90 II. There is also a version in live electronics by the sound artist and composer Joan Bagés (joanbir@hotmail.com)
Publisher: Contact the composer (mercecapdevilagaya@gmail.com)
Duration: 16:10 long
Range (written): A2 – F6 (or as treble as possible)
Each one of its five parts is an absolutely amazing sample of advanced techniques on the baritone and colouring on the electronics part. Simply spectacular!
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STAN (2001), Christian Lauba
Tape (there is also the possibility to play it with piano instead of electronics)
Publisher: Editions Alphonse Leduc, Paris (FRA)
Duration: Around 8:00
Range (written): A2 – C#6
A beautiful electronics part (simple but very efficient) for a very demanding work in terms of techniques, especially for the use of the circular breath and a final full of fast and rhythmic excerpts.
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MYRRH (2012), Timothy Harenda
Live electronics (there is also the possibility to play it with a tape version)
Publisher: Contact the composer (tmh0166@unt.edu)
Duration: Around 8:00
Range (written): B2 – C6
Originally composed for the alto saxophone, the version for the baritone rests also demanding, especially in its fast excerpts.
Listen to the audio!

motherFUNK! (2012), Ian Wilson
RC-300 Loop Station
Publisher: Contact the composer (tullynascreen@gmail.com)
Duration: Around 9:00
Range (written): B2 – F6
Although you control this device very well, it is a very difficult piece for the pulse and rhythms. Anyway, it is worth the effort.
Listen to the audio!

3) Baritone Saxophone and Piano

SONATE (2000), Alain Margoni
Publisher: Gérard Billaudot Editeur, Paris (FRA)
Duration: Around 8:30
Range (written): A2 – A6
It is a brilliant work, with many advanced techniques on the baritone that requires a good work on chamber music, as well.
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CAUSA SUI SONATA (ed. 2002), Carl Fischer
Publisher: Notissimo Editeur (Alphonse Leduc), Paris (FRA)
Duration: Around 6:30
Range (written): A2 – Bb5
It is quite similar to the precedent work but it is composed in some styles of modern music.

DOPPELGESANG (2015), Alan Theisen
Publisher: Self-edited (https://alantheisen.com/store/doppelgesang).
Duration: Around 12:00
Range (written): Bb2 – C6 (D6, optional)
It is a fantastic piece for chamber music. It is technically demanding, with lots of advanced techniques, and very resolutive in terms of interpretation.
Listen to the audio!

4) Chamber Music with Baritone Saxophone

DUO-SONATE (1977), Sofia Gubaidulina
For two Baritone Saxophones (original for two Bassoons)
Publisher: Musikverlag Hans Sikorski, Hamburg (GER)
Duration: Around 9:00
Range (written): Bb2 – D6 (1st baritone) / G2 (or A2) – B5 (2nd baritone)
Although it was no composed for our instrument, the sonority of the baritone saxophone gives a captivating atmosphere to the work. A great piece by one of the great women composers of the 20th-21st Centuries.
Listen to the audio! 

JMDC (2010), Dominique Soulat
For Baritone Saxophone Quartet
Publisher: Editions Bar&Co, Ambazac (FRA)
Duration: Around 9:00
Range (written): B2 – E6 (1st Baritone) / C#3 – E5 (2nd Baritone) / C#3 – F#5 (3rd Baritone) / A2 – D5 (4th Baritone)
One of the very first pieces originally written for baritone quartet, it is a tribute of the composer to John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Charlie Parker. If you like jazz, this is your work.

QUARKS BLAUS (2010-11), Joan Bagés i Rubí
For Baritone Saxophone, three Snare Drums and Electronics
Publisher: Contact the composer (joanbir@hotmail.com)
Duration: Around 13:30
Range (written): A2 – G5 (the more treble possible)
The constantly search of timbres in the electronics as well as the instrumental parts, push the limits of the baritone saxophone. It is also interesting for the work on the chamber music skills.
Listen to the audio!

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Joan Martí-Frasquier
Barcelona, November 2017

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