Marcel Mule (1901 - 2001)

 

Marcel Mule (1901-2001) was the first person following Elise Hall to become as equally enthused and impassioned by the saxophone. He commissioned many new works from composers, often also being the first to perform these works. Thanks to his mastery of the instrument, he was able to convince the Russian composer Alexandre Glazounov in 1932 to write his famous Quatuor de saxophones that the latter dedicated to him: a piece that continues to be performed to this day by many quartets. Also of interest was his first appearance as a soloist in 1935 performing Vellones’s Concerto – held under the auspices of the Pasdeloup Concerts, directed by Albert Wolf – and in Bozza’s Concertino in 1937, as well as Tomasi’s Ballade in 1938. Additionally, many transcriptions of traditional parts can be ascribed to Marcel Mule, as well as some studies written initially for the flute by Terschak and Berbiguier, and for the oboe by Ferling.
In parallel with his career as concert performer, Marcel Mule also spent a lot of time teaching the saxophone. He was named professor of a new saxophone class offered in the Paris Conservatory when it reopened in 1942 and remained until 1968, when he was succeeded by Daniel Deffayet. From 1988 onwards Claude Delangle has held this position. Thanks to his global approach to the instrument and through his efforts to expand the saxophone’s repertoire, he has ensured a worldwide reputation for the French School.