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Le Api

soprano saxophone & piano

Antonino Pasculli

transcription by Kenneth Tse

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Preface
Antonio Pasculli was born on October 13th, 1842 in Palermo. He began his career as a
virtuosic oboist at the age of 14 and by the time he was 18, was professor of oboe and
English horn at the Regio Conservatorio di Palermo, a position he held until he became
blind in 1913.
He was appointed director of the Corpo Municipale di Musica di Palermo in 1879, but
due to his advancing blindness he withdrew from active concert life in 1884 and lived until
1924. Pasculli composed numerous fantasies for oboe and orchestra on themes from the
operas of Bellini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Rossini and Verdi. His compositions were often
considered to be too difficult to be performed and therefore were forgotten by oboists until
modern times.
Le Api for oboe and piano was first published in 1905 and was dedicated to the
Conservatorio di Musica di Palermo. Although similar to Rimsky-Korsakovs Flight of the
Bumble Bee, Le Api was written first, and is part of the three virtuosic studies Pasculli wrote
for the oboe. From a postscript to the third study we learn that these were first performed in
the big hall of the Conservatorio di musica in Milan on July 14, 1874.
Kenneth Tse has transcribed the work for the soprano saxophone in its original key. The
long legato ties are performed with circular breathing and there is only one place where
the player can take a breath (break between phrases) in the entire piece.
In practising and performing Le Api
IMPORTANT CAUTION
1) One must stretch and warm up the muscles thoroughly, especially the arms (all
flexors and extensors of the digits and Brachioradialis) and the upper back
(Trapezius and Rhomboids), before practising Le Api. This is vital! One can hurt the
muscles unknowingly until it is too late. Strengthen your muscles through exercise
and make sure your shoulders are pulled back.
2) One must practise it first in increments and then in sections, and not the entire piece
repeatedly. Rest the muscles as often as possible. Due to the much heavier keys on
the soprano saxophone, the action and the strength required are much more than
the oboe.
3) Practise circular breathing separately. One must be proficient in the technique of
circular breathing before performing Le Api. Plan the places where you would
execute circular breathing carefully and be consistent. It is very difficult to do so
unplanned.
4) Obviously, it is possible to use this piece as a finger exercise without performing it
in its entirety.

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Le Api

characteristic studies

Allegro vivacissimo q = 72

pianissimo simile al ronzio delle Api

Antonio Pasculli
trans. by Kenneth Tse

soprano saxophone & piano

ppp

sempre legato al fine

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ppp e senza mai rallentare

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ppp senza rallentare

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cresc. poco a poco

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cresc.

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ppp

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senza rallentare

pp

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cresc.

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ppp

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pp

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pp

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f senza rallentare

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ppp

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ppp subito senza rall.

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ff

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pi mosso

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ff

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dim.

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ppp

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sempre pi piano

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cresc.

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Le Api
soprano saxophone & piano

Antonio Pasculli
trans. by Kenneth Tse

characteristic studies

Allegro vivacissimo q = 72

pianissimo simile al ronzio delle Api

dont steal music

ppp

ppp

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sempre legato al fine

11

ppp e senza mai rallentare

ppp una corda

14

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20

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pppp

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ppp

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ppp senza rallentare

ppp leggerissimo e senza rall.


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cresc. poco a poco

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cresc. a poco a poco

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mf

mf

cresc.

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cresc.

cresc.

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ff

ff

ff

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dim.

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ppp

dim.

ppp

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senza rallentare

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pp

ppp leggerissimo

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cresc.

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ppp

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pp

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pp

pp legatissimo

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pp

pp

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f senza rallentare

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ppp

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ppp

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cresc.

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ppp subito senza rall.

ppp subito senza rall.

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ppp leggero

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ff

mf

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pi mosso

ff

ff

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dim.

188

ppp

ppp

191

sempre pi piano

sempre ppp

194

cresc.

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