An Introduction to Classical Saxophone

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Nathan Hassall's Classical Saxophone Final Recital Poster from 2004.
My final recital poster from back in the day at the RCM!

The saxophone is so well known for the output of the many great jazz saxophonists, the fact that there is a huge wealth of classical repertoire written for it is often wrongly overlooked.

As Professor of Saxophone at the London College of Music, as well as being an alumni of the Royal College of Music, the Classical Saxophone is something that I hold very dear to my heart and actively aim to champion whenever possible.

For this article I therefore thought I would create a Spotify playlist featuring a number of my favourite classical saxophone works, covering a range of repertoire including core french, concerti, and contemporary classical. Celebrated composers such as Claude Debussy, Alexander Glasunov, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Michael Nyman all feature.

Aimed at the enthusiastic amateur saxophonist, or the classical music lover looking for new inspiration; I hope this playlist can spark an interest in some relatively unknown, but nonetheless beautiful, powerful, and arresting classical music.

Such wondrous music certainly got me hooked with the Classical Saxophone world back when I was 16 years of age, and so I hope it does the same to you too!

Here’s the playlist, it’s well worth checking out: –

I hope you enjoyed this playlist of Classical Saxophone repertoire. I had great fun putting it together, and it is wonderful music that really deserves to be more widely known.

If you would like to know more about learning to play classical repertoire on the saxophone, or if you would like some recommendations of composers or artists to check out, please feel free to get in touch.

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