Concertino da camera (Ibert)

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The Concertino da camera for alto saxophone and eleven instruments was written by Jacques Ibert in 1935. Ibert dedicated the work to his friend, saxophonist Sigurd Raschèr,[1] who premiered the first movement in 1935. Later that year, Ibert completed the second movement, and the work was performed for the first time in its entirety by Raschèr in December 1935.[2]

The work is in three movements; the first, Allegro con moto, is lively and technically challenging and the second, Larghetto begins with a hauntingly lyrical passage. A short cadenza links to the third movement, Animato molto. The concerto is distinctive for its large range requiring the use of saxophone altissimo.

The accompanying ensemble consists of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet and small string orchestra.

The piece shares similarities with his concerto for flute.[clarification needed]


  1. ^ Raschèr, S. Top Tones for the Saxophone, (1941) Carl Fischer, NY page 19
  2. ^ Riggs, James (1972). An Analysis of Jacques Ibert's Concertino Da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Eleven Instruments. : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript.