Beethoven's Fifth

How to play Beethoven's Fifth on saxophone

This iconic theme is from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, sometimes called the Fate Symphony or the Victory Symphony. Written in the early 1800s, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is considered one of the most… Read more

Flight of the Bumblebee

How to play Flight of the Bumblebee on saxophone

"Flight of the Bumblebee" was composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan in the late 19th century. Although it was only used incidentally in the opera, it has since become one of the most familiar pieces of classical… Read more

Here Comes the Bride

How to play Here Comes the Bride on saxophone

One of the most-played wedding songs in the Western world, the Bridal Chorus (also known as Here Comes the Bride) dates back to the 19th century. German composer Richard Wagner composed it for his 1850 opera Lohengrin, where it is heard at the start… Read more

Swan Lake

How to play Swan Lake on saxophone

Sometimes referred to as the Main Theme from Swan Lake, this melody is also called the "Swan Theme" or "Song of the Swans". It was composed by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875-76 for his ballet Swan Lake, where it appeared at the… Read more

In the Hall of the Mountain King

How to play In the Hall of the Mountain King on saxophone

Written in 1875 by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, "In the Hall of the Mountain King" ("Dovregubbens hall") was originally composed as part of the incidental music for the play Peer Gynt, where it was heard as the title character entered the domain… Read more

The Blue Danube

How to play The Blue Danube on saxophone

Composed in 1866, The Blue Danube (fully titled "An der schönen, blauen Donau" or "On the Beautiful Blue Danube") is perhaps the best known waltz of all time. It was written by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, who was known as "The Waltz King"… Read more

The Can Can

How to play The Can Can on saxophone

Officially known as "Galop infernal", this piece was written by French composer Jacques Offenbach for his 1958 comic opera Orphée aux enfers ("Orpheus in the Underworld" or "Orpheus in Hell"). During the 19th century it became associated with the… Read more

Fur Elise

How to play Fur Elise on saxophone

Für Elise is one of the world's most beloved pieces of classical music. Originally titled Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor, it was written in 1810 by Ludwig van Beethoven but not published until 1867, forty years after his death. "Für Elise" means "For… Read more

Ode To Joy

How to play Ode To Joy on saxophone

One of the best-known melodies in all of music, Ode To Joy was written by Beethoven when he was almost completely deaf. Ludwig van Beethoven had lost most of his hearing by the time he composed his 9th Symphony in the 1820s, which contains the… Read more