Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Kelley, Richard P.


The purpose of this research paper is to present some of the essential pieces written for the saxophone by a group of composers from different countries, different musical backgrounds, and, most of all, different compositional styles. All have had one thing in common; they considered the saxophone an instrument that deserved a prominent place in the solo, orchestral, and chamber music world. The document includes biographical, historical, analytic information, and performance considerations for the works performed in the corresponding graduate recital. The works discussed are A. Glazunov Concerto in E flat for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Ryo Noda’s Improvisation 1, Jeanjean’s Quatour pour saxophones, Paul Creston’s Sonata for E flat Alto Saxophone and Piano Op. 19, J.B. Singelée’s Concertino for Alto Saxophone in E flat and Piano, and Phil Woods’ Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano.