Marcel Mule - 'Le Patron' of the Saxophone  (Clarinet Classics CC 0013)
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Marcel Mule - 'Le Patron' of the Saxophone  (Clarinet Classics CC 0013)
W0004. MARCEL MULE: 'Le Patron' of the Saxophone, incl. Albéniz, Bolzoni, Bozza, Clérisse, Combelle, Demersseman, Drigo, Fonse, Foret, Françaix, Genin, Glazunov, Ibert, Pierné, Rameau, Ravel, Roelens & Vellones. (Germany) Clarinet Classics CC 0013, recorded 1930-40. [These Mule programs offer a charming enchantment!] Final Copy! - 5023581001322


“As a young man Mule saw the classical potential of the saxophone, and was truly a pioneer in the development of the instrument as a classical medium. Virtually without a mentor, he was the one who would lead the way for others; he had no idea how profound and widespread his influence would be. In 1942 he was appointed Professor of Saxophone at the Paris Conservatory, a position first held during by the instrument's inventor, Adolphe Sax. Mule remained Professor at the Paris Conservatory until his retirement in 1968. His classes were notable, quite apart from the knowledge and insights he shared, due to his gentle manner, clarity, and quiet way of expressing his valuable opinions. In 1923 he won a place in la Musique de la Garde Republicaine, France's most prestigious military band, where he formed a quartet that soon became famous, and was to continue in its fame for some 40 years. In 1936 the ensemble was known as the Paris Saxophone Quartet until 1951, when, at the urging of Georges Gourdet, it became the Marcel Mule Saxophone Quartet. His long career as a soloist is perhaps most notable by his performances of Ibert's Concertino da Camera, a work that he first recorded in the 1930s for RCA Victor, Philippe Gaubert conducting. Marcel Mule's career culminated in 1958 when he was invited by Charles Münch, Musical Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to be featured soloist in a twelve concert tour of the United States. This was indeed high recognition for the classical saxophone, and for this historic occasion Mule chose the lbert Concertino, which had been composed only twenty three years earlier, and Henri Tomasi's ‘Ballade’.”

- Eugene Rousseau