Busch – Suite Op. 37a


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Adolf Busch, a famous German violinist in the first half of the twentieth century, honored the saxophone with a few beautiful and notable chambermusic works: the Quintet Op. 34 and a Suite for violin and alto saxophone. Both were written for Busch’s pianist Rudolf Serkin, who happened to play the saxophone as an amateur. Around 2000, I was surprised to find this piece by Adolf Busch for bass clarinet in a library. The bass clarinet was by the time of composition (1926) not a very advanced instrument, which may be the explanation for the fact that Busch allowed it to be played on clarinet as well. This piece is also far from easy to play! I thought it apt to create a version for saxophone of this very craftly composed concert piece.

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