5e Chant lyrique pour saxophone alto mi bémol avec accompagnement piano
DateOctober 31, 1934
InstrumentationPiano, Alto Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Alain Decruck collection [Box 5]
The Chant Lyrique No. 5 for saxophone and piano was first registered with SACEM on October 31, 1934, but it was likely composed in the early 1930’s. Following the success of her first Chant Lyrique, op. 69 (1932), Fernande Decruck continued to compose several short works for alto saxophone and piano. Several of these compositions are titled “Chant Lyrique” and are some of the first works that she wrote for wind instruments. Her interest in the saxophone is most likely attributed to her husband Maurice, who was a double bassist and saxophone player with the New York Philharmonic during the early 1930’s under Arturo Toscanini's baton. In addition, she knew other classical saxophone performers of the time like François Combelle, solo saxophonist of the Garde Républicaine. The form and style of the fifth Chant Lyrique is similar to the first and third. It starts and ends with slow, melodic material, the middle of the work is an interesting exploration of a variety of styles and tempi. Towards the end of the work, there is a short cadenza for the saxophone before the opening material briefly returns to end the work. The three existing versions for saxophone have been recorded by Jean-Pierre Baraglioli.
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