Two Hebrew Melodies


Composer: Ravel, Maurice
Arranger: R. Stevens
Ensemble: Alto or Bari Saxophone Solo with Piano
Format: Piano Score (9 pp) / E flat Sax parts
Length: 4.5 minutes (both movements)
Difficulty: Piano – moderate; Solo, easy to moderate (grade 2.5 -3)

Two Hebrew Melodies

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Alto Saxophone Solo with piano

Two Hebrew Melodies by Maurice Ravel arranged for alto saxophone solo with piano. These two short songs are a study in contrasts: No. 1, “Kaddish,” based on a Jewish liturgical chant, is somewhat unusual in Ravel’s works. The soloist plays a melody built of Middle Eastern-inspired motifs in a near improvisation with sparse comment from the piano. Later a harp-like arpeggio figure accompanies a more song-like interpretation of the melody. In the second piece “The Eternal Enigma”, the accompaniment is very strictly metric in character and made up of repeating figures underneath an extremely simple melody.

This arrangement is for alto saxophone solo, but is playable on baritone sax as well. Please contact us if you’d like a version for soprano or tenor sax.

  • The range for each saxophone part is shown below.
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Two Hebrew Melodies by Ravel for Solo Alto Saxophone with piano


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