William Grant Still's violin music transcribed for saxophone
Peeks, Andy Austin
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William Grant Still (1895-1978) was the first African-American composer to write a concert piece for saxophone and piano. Mr. Still’s Romance for E-flat alto saxophone and piano (commissioned by Sigurd Rascher in 1954) was the last of only four original works that he composed for solo instrument and piano. The earlier works included a piece for oboe and piano, and two works for violin and piano. The violin works were written for Louis Kaufman, who is best known for his violin work in Hollywood between the 1920s and the 1950s. However, finding underappreciated composers of substantial music was also a significant aspect of Kaufman’s mission. Mr. Still’s violin music was championed by Kaufman through concerts in both the United States and around the world. This document serves as a resource for the concert saxophone community. It provides performance edition saxophone transcriptions of the available works for violin and piano. It assists saxophonists seeking to include more of Mr. Still’s compositions in their performance and pedagogical repertoire. In addition, the historical information about the works, the composer, and the performers is a valuable resource for program notes.