Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Kelley, Richard P.


The purpose of this research paper is to present a selection of different compositions for the saxophone by a group of composers from different countries, musical backgrounds, and compositional styles. In addition, the author chose different compositions that reflect a timeline that begins with the early style compositions for the saxophone and progresses to more modern. These five works were performed at a graduate recital on February 26, 2022. This document contains biographical, historical, analytic information, and performance considerations to influence a better performance of any of these five pieces. The compositions discussed in this document are: Sonatine pour Saxophone Alto en Mib et Piano by Claude Pascal, Mirage by Dorothy Chang, Muczynski’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia, and Hot-Sonate by Erwin Schulhoff.