Gioachino Rossini (1792 –1868)
Alto and Baritone Saxophone Duet
Duetto for Alto and Baritone Saxophone by Rossini, arranged for alto and baritone saxophone duet. The original version is for cello and double bass. From start to finish it is filled with the wit, lyricism, and melodic invention that made Rossini the leading opera composer of his time.
This arrangement of the Duetto includes all three movements of the original:
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante molto
III Allegro vivo
Although written for cello and bass, this transcription of Duetto for saxophones – alto and bari – 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.
About the Composer
Gioachino Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who gained fame for his 39 operas. Many of his operas are still popular today. He also wrote many songs, a little chamber music, and some church music. He set new standards for both comic and serious opera. He retired from large-scale composition while still in his thirties when he was at the height of his popularity.