Famous works for saxophone: Chamber music
Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche opus 165b
The original is based on the accompaniment to Moliere's play, The Flying Doctor, written for two pianos, and Moliere himself rearranged it for saxophone and piano. "Scaramouche" is the name of the buffoon in the Commedia dell'Arte (an old Italian improvised play). It is a cheerful piece in three movements that incorporates motifs from folk songs and Brazilian samba music. Overflowing with the cosmopolitan ambience particular to French music in the early twentieth century, "Scaramouche" is one of the best-loved pieces among saxophonists.