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23 Vocalises-Etudes for Alto Saxophone & Piano by Auric, Bréville, Dukas, Gretchaninov, Honegger, Jongen, Lajtha, Malipiero, Martinu, Messiaen & Villa-Lobos / Harry White, alto saxophone; Edward Rushton, piano

Album Summary

>Dukas, Paul : Vocalise-étude for voice & piano ("Alla Gitana")
>Auric, Georges [Composer] : Vocalise, for voice & piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Vocalise, for voice & piano, FP 44
>Jongen, Joseph : Sérénade, vocalise-étude, for voice & piano, Op. 83/1
>MessiaenOlivier : Vocalise-étude, for soprano & piano (orchestrated as II mvt. of "Concert à quatre"), I/15
>Honegger, Arthur : Vocalise-Étude, for untexted voice & piano, H. 70
>Roussel, Albert : Vocalise no 2, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Canteloube, Joseph : Vocalise-Étude "en forme de Bourrée"
>Milhaud, Darius : Vocalise, for voice & piano, Op. 105
>Bréville, Pierre de : Maneh, for voice & piano
>Schmitt, Florent : Vocalise-Étude pour Erik Satie, for voice & piano, Op. 30
>Ravel, Maurice : Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
>Vierne, Louis : Vocalise-Étude à Monsieur A.L. Hettich, for voice & piano
>Huré, Jean : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Vocalise, for voice & piano
>Lajtha, László : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
>Labinsky, Alexandre : Ferveur, vocalise-étude for voice & piano
>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
>Tcherepnin, Nikolai : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vocalise-Etude for middle voice & piano, H. 188
>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
>Nielsen, Carl : Vocalise-étude, for voice & piano, FS 124
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Vocalises-Estudos, for voice & piano, A. 245
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Notes & Reviews:

To sing a melodic line on a single vowel highlights many technical difficulties, such as producing a legato line, making a smooth register change and even intonation. For the past 250 years, vocalizes have therefore been an important tool for singing instructors, who at first would use existing songs published without a text. In the nineteenth century specific studies were developed, but these tended to become monotonous scalar exercises, and in 1906 Amde-Landly Hettich, a voice professor at the Paris Conservatoire, made it his goal to raise the vocalize from a dull practice tool to a work of art in its own right. Over a period of thirty years, he persuaded an impressive list of composers to write vocalises, and 150 of these were published by ditions Alphonse Leduc in the series Rpertoire Moderne de Vocalises-tudes. Several of the vocalises commissioned by Hettich have become popular in instrumental versions - the prime example is that by Ravel 'en forme de Habanera', which the composer himself transcribed for the cello, and which has since entered the repertoire of a large number of instruments. Finding his own instrument, with its flexible, voice-like timbre, ideal for the varied musical characters represented in Hettich's collection, the saxophonist Harry White here presents a selection of 23 vocalizes by composers as diverse as Faur, Carl Nielsen, Messiaen and Villa-Lobos. A former member of the acclaimed Raschr Saxophone Quartet, Harry White is an eager recitalist and regularly includes a set of vocalizes in the programmes he performs with his regular partner at the piano, Edward Rushton.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio SRF 2 Kultur, Studio 1, Zürich, Switzerland (07/2014).



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Works Details

>Dukas, Paul : Vocalise-étude for voice & piano ("Alla Gitana")
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Auric, Georges [Composer] : Vocalise, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Poulenc, Francis : Vocalise, for voice & piano, FP 44
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Jongen, Joseph : Sérénade, vocalise-étude, for voice & piano, Op. 83/1
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>MessiaenOlivier : Vocalise-étude, for soprano & piano (orchestrated as II mvt. of "Concert à quatre"), I/15
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Honegger, Arthur : Vocalise-Étude, for untexted voice & piano, H. 70
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Roussel, Albert : Vocalise no 2, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1928

>Canteloube, Joseph : Vocalise-Étude "en forme de Bourrée" :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Milhaud, Darius : Vocalise, for voice & piano, Op. 105
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Bréville, Pierre de : Maneh, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Schmitt, Florent : Vocalise-Étude pour Erik Satie, for voice & piano, Op. 30
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Vierne, Louis : Vocalise-Étude à Monsieur A.L. Hettich, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Huré, Jean : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Vocalise, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Lajtha, László : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Labinsky, Alexandre : Ferveur, vocalise-étude for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gretchaninov, Alexander : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Tcherepnin, Nikolai : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Vocalise-Etude for middle voice & piano, H. 188
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Malipiero, Gian Francesco : Vocalise-Étude, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Nielsen, Carl : Vocalise-étude, for voice & piano, FS 124
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Vocalises-Estudos, for voice & piano, A. 245
  • Performers: Edward Rushton (Piano); Harry White (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929