Beyond the Keys: A Study of Three Aspects of Advanced Saxophone Performance in Two Works by Takashi Yoshimatsu
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.
Alex Graham, D.M.A.
Clare Sher Ling Eng, Ph. D.
Joel Treybig, D.M.A.
Music, School of
Music and Performing Arts, College of
Master of Music (MM)
Contreras, Ryan, "Beyond the Keys: A Study of Three Aspects of Advanced Saxophone Performance in Two Works by Takashi Yoshimatsu" (2023). Music Theses. 13.