Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) had written his Concerto in E-flat for alto saxophone and string orchestra, Op. 109 in 1934. This work was written for the great saxophone pedagogue and performer Sigurd Rasher who had requested numerous times for Glazunov to feature the saxophone as a concerto soloist. Glazunov had passed roughly seven months before the debut performance of this piece in November of 1936 and was unable to hear it in its entirety. Through its deeply rooted romantic characteristics and broad majestic melodies, Glazunov’s saxophone concerto had become a standard in the concert repertoire of the saxophone. Please enjoy Joshua Roberts performing Concerto in E-flat major for alto saxophone, Op. 109 by Alexander Glazunov, as a selected winner of the Music Department Honors Young Artist Recital Competition.