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The composer himself wrote: His despair, to the bottom of a sounding pool sinks right down. He died in Since the saxophone holds a central place among wind instruments in some way between the brass and the woodwind, other wind instruments would have each had a more characteristic sound and would have damaged its independence.

Influenced by the musical traditions of his country and of ancient Greek drama, balladee music came to reflect his interest in new techniques, developing a free atonal style of writing. His Ballade for alto saxophone, strings, percussion and piano was written in and dedicated to Sigurd Rascher, providing an important addition to contemporary saxophone repertoire.

The shadow of his fate, the length of the zigzagging quays and the taste of the fag-end that in his mouth has taken up old jests makes him mad.

Henri Tomasi

Dimitris Dragatakis was born in Epiros in He died in Buenos Aires in He went on to lead his own jazz quartet at the W. He studied the violin in the National Conservatory in Athens and is considered one of the most important Greek composers with a personal musical idiom that is both mature and laconic.

And the clown resigns himself again to making the public laugh. The violin introduces Tomais, followed by a saxophone tango improvisation and the Fugata follows the pattern of the earlier fugal texture, ending in a free saxophone improvisation.

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The Ballade is one of a series of such works and was followed, over the years, by similar compositions for flute, piano, trombone, cello, and viola, the last of these inthe year before his death. Jazz Club in Madrid, experimenting with the combined use of flamenco and jazz, and making recordings for the Blue Note label.


In he undertook further study in harmony and arrangement at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Tommasi composer Pedro Iturralde was born in and began his musical studies with his father, making his first professional engagements as a saxophonist at the age of eleven. The winner of a number of major prizes, he taught advanced harmony at the Greek National Conservatory for twenty years, untilwhen he was appointed vice-president.

He wrote his Ballade for alto saxophone and orchestra in for his friend Marcel Ttomasi, one of the leading saxophonists in France. Although it is short the composer makes full use of the range of the saxophone, without sacrificing its romanticism.

The Swiss composer Frank Martin was born in Geneva inthe tenth and youngest child of a Calvinist minister. Of Corsican descent, Henri Tomasi was born in in Marseilles, where he studied before entering the Paris Conservatoire.

The Suite for saxophone and orchestra opens with a Preludio, written in for the stage show Tango apasionado.

It follows the pattern of the traditional Hungarian dance, with a slow introduction, lassu, and a lively continuation, friss. He first used the pattern of the Habanera in his two-piano Sites auriculaires oforchestrating that ballae, to his own ballase dissatisfaction, for his Rapsodie espagnole, completed in His father was of Swiss origin, while his mother came from the Basque country.

The French composer Maurice Ravel had a close affinity with Spain, largely through his maternal ancestry.

There he was a composition pupil of Paul Vidal, winning the Abllade de Rome in He was for some years a violist in the Opera Orchestra, and later served on the board of the Greek National Opera, and was vice-president and honorary president of the Greek Composers Union. He established himself as a conductor and as a composer for the theatre, with a series of concertos that displayed his very considerable powers of orchestration.


The name of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla is inextricably connected with the art of the abllade, in particular his own nuevo tango, which incorporated other elements from contemporary classical compositional techniques and from jazz. To get away from his coat, too big, and his dull flesh while only being, between joy and sorrow, a saxophone hesitating! The mood of the solo instrument ranges from the elegiac to the commanding, producing a very robust sound.

He established his own orchestra instudied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris ten years later, formed various ensembles again in Buenos Aires, later returning to make his home in Paris. The Ballade or Lullaby for saxophone and strings was written in and at first intended for violin and piano. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he studied clarinet, piano and harmony. The adaptation of this suite is by Theodore Kerkezos.

He later based his career there, as he developed his own original voice as a prolific composer in many genres.

He taught the saxophone at the Madrid Conservatory from until his retirement inand has appeared in Spain and abroad as a soloist with the Spanish National Orchestra conducted by de Burgos, Celibidache and Markevitch among others.