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Eugene Rousseau (saxophonist)

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Instruments  alto Soprano saxophone
Role  Musical Artist
Name  Eugene Rousseau
Genres  Classical music

Born  23 August 1932 (age 83) Blue Island, Illinois United States (1932-08-23)
Occupation(s)  Musician, composer, professor
Books  Marcel Mule, his life and the saxophone
Albums  Ibert / Glazunov / Villa-Lobos / Dubois: Saxophone Concertos, Saxophone Colors, Saxophone Vocalise
Education  Conservatoire de Paris, University of Iowa
Similar People  Paul Kuentz, Hans Graf, Frederick Fennell

Eugene Rousseau (born August 23, 1932 in Blue Island, Illinois) is an American classical saxophonist. He plays mainly the alto and soprano saxophones.


Eugene Rousseau (saxophonist) Dr Eugene Rousseau Advantages of New 62 Saxophones

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.

Eugene Rousseau (saxophonist) The Development History of Yamaha Saxophones with Eugene

He has been a consultant for saxophone research to the Yamaha since 1972 and has played exclusively on Yamaha saxophones since that time.

The "Eugene Rousseau saxophone mouthpiece" has been commercially available since the late 1970s.

In 1985, he recorded a video program for Yamaha Corporation called Steps to Excellence.

Rousseau has served as President of both the North American Saxophone Alliance (1979–1980) and the Comite International du Saxophone (1982–1985).

In 1993, Eugene Rousseau was designated an honorary faculty member of the Prague Conservatory.

In 2003, Rousseau hosted the 13th World Saxophone Congress at the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Teaching and performing career

Rousseau is a well-known classical 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 has taught a master course at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg annually since 1991.


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.


he appears on many recordings, several of which are currently commercially available on CD. He has recorded with the Haydn Trio of Vienna, the Budapest Strings, and the Winds of Indiana.

  • 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)
  • 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
  • References

    Eugene Rousseau (saxophonist) Wikipedia