Beyond the Keys: A Study of Three Aspects of Advanced Saxophone Performance in Two Works by Takashi Yoshimatsu

Publication Date

Spring 5-8-2023


Techniques such as slap-tonguing, the altissimo range, and improvisation are advanced tools in the contemporary saxophonist’s arsenal. Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu explores these techniques through his compositional works Fuzzy Bird Sonata and Saxophone Concerto, Op. 59 (“Cyber Bird Concerto”). This paper reviews the pedagogical texts of Larry Teal, Debra Richtmeyer, Mark Watkins, Sigurd Rascher, Donald Sinta, and Noah Getz for developing slap-tongue and altissimo while providing an approach to improvisation as a language. This review should serve as a guide to approaching the music of Takashi Yoshimatsu.

Major Mentor

Alex Graham, D.M.A.

Second Mentor

Clare Sher Ling Eng, Ph. D.

Third Mentor

Joel Treybig, D.M.A.


Music, School of


Music and Performing Arts, College of

Document Type

Metadata Only


Master of Music (MM)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University

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