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Ali Ben Sou Alle: Caprice: Souvenir de la Nouvelle-Zélande for alto saxophone and piano

Ali Ben Sou Alle
Musik Fabrik
Classical / Piece
Piano, Alto Saxophone
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Score for two performers, Solo part
1 to 1 from 1
Year of composition

Ali Ben Sou Alle was born Jean-Baptiste SOUALLE in 1824 in Arras, France. He first studied the clarinet, winning a first prize in Clarinet in the class of Klosé at the Paris Conservatory. He then entered the Paris Opera orchestra, but left France in 1848 because of the revolution, fleeing to London. In 1850, he met Louis JUILLIEN, another early saxophonist, who encouraged Soualle to take up the saxophone. Soualle made several modifications to the instrument, including changes to the octave mechanism and the other keys for trills and alternative fingerings, many of which are used in modern saxophones.
He named his hybrid creation the "turcophone" and began composing works for the instrument, which included fantasies on operatic themes, character pieces and a series of descriptive works which document several concert tours in Europe, Australia and the Orient which Soualle undertook. Upon his return to France around 1861, after his conversion to Islam, he changed his name to Ali Ben Sou Alle. Under that name, he performe recitals for the Prince of Wales and for the Emperor Napoleon III and his family in 1865. After this date, no trace of his career has currently been uncovered and it is though that he probably died around 1867. This work is .in two large sections, the first in the form of a lyrical aria, the second a lively schezando.

Upload date
08 Mar 2018


Sheet music file
10.35 USD
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