Copyright © 2012
Composer Frédéric Chopin (arr. Yoshiko Kline)
Year Composed: 1846
Instrumentation: Saxophone and Piano
Primary Instrument: Alto Saxophone
Price: $19.95 add to cart (1 score, 1 part)
Chopin's last work was his cello sonata. It is his only instrumental sonata, apart from the piano works. Having both heard the brilliant recording of Jacqueline DuPre and Daniel Barenboim,and having received this transcription from my longtime friend and pianist Yoshiko Kline, we decided to play the piece together in 2006. For me, the first performance had the same excitement as any of the world premieres I have given of contemporary music over the last 35 years, and is available on RCEditions. As a saxophonist (as well as blockflote and clarinet player in previous guises) I have always wanted to play the finest music. One can not understand the great music without being part of it. Study is necessary, but the culmination of that study is performance. This masterwork, written in 1846, actually could have been written for the saxophone! That is, the saxophone, had just been invented. But the truth is, this work transcends the instrument for which it was written, and needs to be played on any and all instruments, just as the a-minor Flute Partita or Cello Suites of J.S. Bach, or Schubert's 'Arpeggione' Sonata.
- Kenneth Radnofsky
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