Sonate en ut dièze mineur Réduction pour saxophone alto (ou alto) et piano


Chamber Music


January 17, 1943





Manuscript Status

Alain Decruck Collection [Box 5]

This work is available through Éditions Billaudot and its distributors.


Dédiée à Marcel Mule, professeur de saxophone au Conservatoire Nationale de Paris



1- Modéré et très expressif; 2- Andante; 3- Fileuse; 4- Nocturne et final

The Sonata in C-sharp minor for alto saxophone (or viola) is Decruck’s most well-known work. Decruck created two versions of her world famous sonata, one with saxophone or viola and piano, the other with full orchestral accompaniment. The latter version is rarely heard. Decruck combines the Classical sonata form with impressionistic harmony and at times, polytonality. Decruck dedicated this work to Marcel Mule, the world renowned French saxophonist. Although Mule had countless compositions written for him in his lifetime, he took the time to record the Fileuse movement of the Sonata. Fileuse (“spinning”) features the saxophonist performing virtuosic passage works and takes the traditional place of the Scherzo.

Note: This manuscript was most likely used by the composer during first readings. Note the corrections to tempi, movement titles, etc.


Claude Delangle-saxophone ; Nicolas Prost- saxophone ; Hilary Herndon viola; Michael Ibrahim-saxophone; Jean-Yves Fourmeau-saxophone