Eugene Rousseau (saxophonist)
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American saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, 2004
23 August 1932 |
Blue Island, Illinois
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, professor|
He studied at the Paris conservatory on a Fulbright grant with Marcel Mule in 1962. Following his studies at the Paris Conservatory, he earned a doctorate degree at the University of Iowa where his principal teacher was Himie Voxman. With Paul Brodie, an other pupil of Marcel Mule, he was the co-organizer of the first World Saxophone Congress in Chicago in 1969. The first such organization for an individual instrument, considered by many to be a major turning point in establishing credibility for the saxophone as a serious medium of musical expression. During 2005 Rousseau served as President of the Organizing Committee for the World Saxophone Congress XIII, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The North American Saxophone Alliance honored him with its highest award – Honorary Life Membership.
The "Eugene Rousseau saxophone mouthpiece" has been commercially available since the late 1970s.
Rousseau has served as President of both the North American Saxophone Alliance (1979–1980) and the Comité International du Saxophone (1982–1985).
In 1993, Eugene Rousseau was designated an honorary faculty member of the Prague Conservatory.
Teaching and performing career
Rousseau is a well-known orchestral saxophonist and teacher. Many of his students have gone on to become well-known saxophone teachers.
He taught at Indiana University for 36 years, from 1964 to 2000. He was succeeded as professor of saxophone by Otis Murphy, himself a former student of Rousseau. He holds the title of "Distinguished Professor of Music" there.
Rousseau now teaches at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty of the School of Music there in fall 2000.
He wrote a book which was published in France under the title Marcel Mule: sa vie et le saxophone and also in America under the title Marcel Mule: His Life and the Saxophone He also published two method books: The E. Rousseau Beginning Saxophone Method (English, German, Japanese)and Saxophone High Tones (English, French, German). In addition, he has had many transcriptions published for saxophone performance.
Rousseau is currently working on publishing an etude book involving Ferling's "24 Etudes". The book will focus only on the slower, more lyrical movements and will include instructional tips and alternate fingerings from Rousseau, himself.
- Saxophone Concertos, issued 1971 by Deutsche Grammophon, was the first disc containing only saxophone concertos with orchestra. This recording was reissued on compact disc in 1998.
- Saxophone Vocalise (Delos 3188) features Rousseau with the Winds of Indiana, Frederick Fennell, conductor, playing classical music of Bruch, Gershwin, Heiden, Massenet, Muczynski, Puccini et al.
- Celebration (McGill) features Rousseau with the Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet
- Eugene Rousseau with the Haydn Trio of Vienna (RICA-1003)
- The Music of Jindrich Feld ( RICA-1004) features Rousseau playing music of this Czech composer Jindrich Feld with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Jaromir Klepac
- The Undowithoutable Instrument (RICA-1002) features Rousseau playing soprano saxophone with the Budapest Strings
- Saxophone Masterpieces (RICA-1001) features Rousseau with pianist Jaromir Klepac
- Mr. Mellow (Liscio) features Rousseau with the ER Big Band
- Meditation From Thais (ALCD-7021) features Rousseau playing classical works on several different sizes of saxophones
Musical works written for Rousseau
Several well-known pieces for classical saxophone were written for Rousseau, including:
- Partita by Juan Orrego-Salas
- Sonata for alto saxophone and piano by Jindrich Feld
- Solo by Bernhard Heiden (1969)
- Fantasia Concertante for alto saxophone and winds by Bernhard Heiden
- Hear Again in Memory by Frederick A. Fox
- Visitations for two saxophones by Frederick A. Fox
- Skyscrapings for alto saxophone and piano by Don Freund
- Concerto after Gliere for alto saxophone and orchestra by David DeBoor Canfield (2007)
- Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet with Chimes Ad Libitum by David DeBoor Canfield (2016)
- Song Concerto for soprano and alto saxophones and chamber orchestra by Libby Larsen
- Lamentations (pour la fin du monde) for soprano and alto saxophones and chamber orchestra by Claude Baker
- "Mélodie pour Eugene Rousseau" for alto saxophone and orchestra (strings and harp) by Marco Ciccone (2014)
- "IU Feature: The saxophone is passed". Indiana University. 2003-03-27. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- Sax, Mule & Co, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, H & D, 2004, p. 139
- "Eugene Rousseau". University of Minnesota School of Music. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "Eugene Rousseau - Biography". Yamaha. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- Description of Rousseau's album "Saxophone Vocalise"