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French Recital Program

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I'd like to present a recital next year that features French composers. Just wanted to get some ideas from the folks here on some repertoire. Here are some parameters:

1. I'm definitely playing the Desenclos.
2. The total time of the recital should be between 60-75 minutes.
3. The piano accompaniments should be reasonable (my pianist just got done learning Klonos and Lilith and will kill me if I do something like that to him again).
4. I'd like to feature French composers, but the pieces do not have to be originally written for saxophone.
5. Standard literature is perfectly fine.

So what do you think?

Bonus question: Would you consider Lauba a French composer? His bio says "French composer born in Tunisia".

Thanks in advance!
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An easier place to start than Balafon is Lauba's Deux Pieces. Also I wouldn't call Balafon tame. Lauba is really interested in the softer side of the saxophone (particularly the tone colours produced) as well as the raw power we see in works like Hard. Some of his duets, and the etudes Savane and Sanza are filled with what I rather call intensely interesting, refined soft playing.

In terms of playing completely 20th century French music I don't think that's a problem. Unless you play only early century (which could get dreary). If you combine the more contemporary works with the stock standards that would make for a really interesting program.

Just in the contemporary you have Hurel, Jolas, Rosse, Lauba, Rolin e.t.c These composers write very different music. With Lauba as our case study if you hadn't been told, you wouldn't know that some of his works are by the same composer.

I also second the Matitia suggestion. Devil's Rag is always a great way to end a program.

Having Desenclos, Decruck, Lauba, Rosse and Matitia I would say is an interesting varied program. Alslo the Jean Harlow as mentioned by Henshaw would be nice to mix things up a bit.
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