The saxophone is known widely as the voice of Jazz. But did you know that the saxophone was born in Paris in 1846 — nearly a century before jazz?
Not long after its inventor, Adolphe Sax, introduced his creation to the world many renowned composers were inspired by its potential. Sadly, many masterpieces composed for the saxophone remain, to this day, largely unknown.
CSP wishes to help change that by recording music for saxophone and orchestra featuring music spanning nearly 100 years. The selections are all originally composed or arranged by the composer for the saxophone and symphony orchestra.
Because of the rising costs for smaller organizations of recording with symphony orchestras in the US, we chose to work with the renowned City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. They are well regarded for the artistry in their work in film and recordings.
Your contributions will enable us to record
five original compositions offering a wide panorama of the classical repertoire of the saxophone. Donations will help defer the costs of travel, room, and board, as well as the administration fees for engaging the orchestra, rental of the recording studio, and the sound engineer’s fees. It will also help with the production and printing of 1000 CDs on the MSR Classics label. The recording will also be available in digital format.
Our project will be divided into five separate phases. Each phase will record a separate track of music.We are raising the funds for Phases One and Two to start on July 23rd of this year.
PHASES OF RECORDING
Phase 1: Florent Schmitt, Legende (1918
Phase2: Hélène Rasquier, Concerto (2012)
Phase 3: Darius Milhaud, Scaramouche (1920
Phase 4: Claude Debussy, Rapsodie (1903
Phase 5: Paule Maurice, Tableaux de Provence (1954)
COST FOR RECORDING EACH PHASE
(Four-hour recording session, 60 musicians
(including music assistant and managers fees
STUDIO RENTAL: $875
(including electronic equipment and contractors fees
MUSIC RENTAL: $650
TRAVEL AND LODGING: $700
GRAND TOTAL: $9400
ABOUT CSPThe Classical Saxophone Project
creates unique musical experiences that enrich the lives of those of its community and empowers individuals through collaboration, creative processes, and a passion for artistic excellence. With the voice of the saxophone, CSP strives to achieve these goals through performing, recording, and educating the next generation of artists and listeners alike. Saxophonist Javier Oviedo and conductor Jean- Pierre Schmitt are its founding members and share an enthusiasm for music, especially for the saxophone and its repertoire.
Their tireless work performing in and around New York City and around the world has garnered wide praise by the local and international press.
Embark with these two artists on a journey of discovery and help bring hidden voices of the saxophone to a wider audience.