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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000028.txt from 2004/12

From: Tony Pay <>
Subj: [kl] Scaramouche
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 18:26:25 -0500

On 1 Dec, Joze Kotar <> wrote:

> --- wrote:
> > Scaramouche by Milhaud was originally for sax according to Sigurd
> > Rascher.


> > Knowing that Milhaud alternated years teaching in Paris and Oakland
> > California, I tried Oakland information and Milhauds number was LISTED!!
> > I called, and was able to speak to him and ask that question---"Was it
> > originally written for Rascher on the sax?" His answer was: "My dear boy,
> > it is so long ago, I just don't remember."

> I think that Scaramousche is originally for two pianos.

The story I have is that it was an arrangement, listed as being for two
pianos, of some of the incidental music Milhaud had written for a children's
play by Vildrac (after Moliere) called 'Le Medecin Volant'. This play was
first performed at the Theatre Scaramouche in Paris in 1937 -- hence perhaps
the title of the piece.

How the saxophone comes into the story I don't know. Might it have been a
significant part of the original instrumentation (cf La Creation du Monde,
1923)? Perhaps someone else has more details.

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