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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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A French recital program is not too hard to come up with. I would say venture out more into different territories. There is already so much music from French composers out there that I don't think it's necessary to feature a program around such a theme. I plan to feature a program in the future of Hispanic composers such as Juan Orrego-Salas, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla and Iturralde and Granados. It's much more interesting I think. Everyone knows the French repertoire as it is and an hour of 20th century French music might become a bit mundane. Focusing around a nationality of specific composers seems to be the trend lately. Look at Delangle with his Russian, Japanese and French saxophone albums. You might try and make a program based on French saxophone pieces that are rarely played. I would say Koechlin and Decruk are a good start.
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