Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Kelley, Richard


The purpose of this research paper is to present historical information and theoretical analysis of four selected compositions that feature the saxophone as soloist with either piano or electronic accompaniment. These four compositions were performed at a recital on February 18, 2014. The pieces performed were the first three movements of Suite No. 1 in G Major, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Concerto pour Saxophone Alto et Orchestra, written by Henri Tomasi, Mirage, penned by Dorothy Chang, and Buku, created by Jacob Ter Veldhuis.

Each chapter presents theoretical and harmonic analysis of one of the four pieces, and biographical information regarding the relevant composer.