A stylistic analysis and performance guide to Jean Françaix’s Quatuor pour Flûte, Hautbois, Clarinette et Bassoon and Petit Quatuor pour Saxophones
Owens, Douglas Abner
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Jean Françaix’s compositional contributions to the woodwind repertory, filled with charm and compositional wit, are substantial. Françaix’s Quatuor pour Flûte, Hautbois, Clarinette et Basson of 1933 and the Petit Quatuor pour Saxophones of 1935, both examples of his very earliest mature compositional output, have become staples for the respective quartets of woodwind instruments. It is the purpose of this document to approach each of the aforementioned pieces from an individual analytical and performance perspective, as well as to compare and contrast aspects of both pieces’ composition and performance considerations.