Notes are not tones. My philosophy about tones is that no notation is ever sufficient to describe a tone.
I only started teaching when I was 47, following a request by the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. Until then, I had always considered myself too young to teach.
The path to this recording was long, windy and fascinating. It started with the awareness that the cello suites provide exceptional playing material for saxophonists.
I see an arrangement as a new conception of an older musical idea. Staying true to the original musical message with new instrumental means it should give way to new aspects of the composition.
Even before I entered conservatory, it was clear there was one composer who stood head and shoulders above the rest: Johann Sebastian Bach.
Paganini Plus is the follow-up of Paganini Caprices for Saxophone. This new collection I gathered and arranged in the last few years for performances with Hans Eijsackers.
The nineteenth century not only marks the birth of the saxophone, it also ushered in the unique phenomenon of the virtuoso-composer.
Why is it that singing is generally considered more personal than instrumental playing?