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Teaching ideas for Platti Sonata no 5 opus 3 in Eb Major & Rumba by Maurice Whitney

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I am preparing a student for his university audition on the Giovanni Platti Sonata no 5 opus 3 in Eb Major for Alto Saxophone. He will also perform the Rumba (Rhumba) by Maurice C. Whitney for Alto Saxophone. (both pieces have piano accompaniment). Does anyone have any suggestions for what type of stylistic features to focus on for each piece? I have the Music Minus One recordings for each of these (Vincent Abato plays the Platti Sonata and Paul Brodie plays the Rumba).
What types of advanced features would you point out that would help my student do well in his audition? (e.g. dynamics, phrasing, articulation, tone, pitch, intonation) Basically, how do I get my student to make the pieces unique to stand out from the crowd?

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The U.K.'s Flotilla is an excellent saxophone quartet, with a good tone and interesting repertoire - although I must be open and say that the leader is a friend of mine. Their CD got an excellent review in Saxophone Journal, here is the link:

As you mention players with a pure tone Kyle Horch (an American player who lives in London and leads Flotilla) has such a tone and you may find his playing will help your students. He is also Professor at the Royal College of Music. if you want a preview of his playing, here is a live recording (playing one of my works):

Islas - video
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