French composer, Paul Dukas (1865-1935) is best known for his orchestral piece, The Sorcerer's Apprentice. However, his catalogue represents many other significant works by the composer, including Alla Gitana for alto saxophone and piano. Composed in 1909, Alla Gitana was originally a selection of vocal studies. However, Marcel Mule's transcription for alto saxophone has made this delightful work more accessible. Dukas reflects the French romantic style in Alla Gitana through uses of flourishing semiquavers, lyrical melodies and chromaticism. For all aspiring, advanced saxophonists, Dukas' Alla Gitana is an exquisite addition to the repertoire.
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