Gioachino Rossini (1792 –1868)
Alto and Baritone Saxophone Duet
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Duetto for Alto and Baritone Saxophone by Rossini, arranged for alto and baritone saxophone duet, was originally written for cello and double bass 1824. From start to finish it is filled with the wit, lyricism, and melodic invention that made Rossini the leading opera composer of his time.
Duetto for Alto and Baritone Saxophone includes all three movements of the original:
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante molto
III Allegro vivo
Although written for cello and bass, the transcription for saxophones – alto and baritone – loses none of the brilliance and virtuosity of the original. It is truly a duet in that each part is equally important. There is an easy give and take of melody and accompaniment and each voice is given more than its share of soloistic moments.
- The range for each saxophone part is shown below.
- Audio and score excerpts are available above.
- Registered users can download a complete sample score and full length audio file of Duetto for Alto and Baritone Saxophone on the ‘Samples’ tab.