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Fantasia on a theme of the little ragamuffin

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Fantasia on a theme of the little ragamuffin / Robert Davidson.

by Robert Davidson (2012)

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This is a stretched-out, tranquil transformation of an early Baroque composition, Concerto op. 7 no. 7, by Guiseppe Valentini, nicknamed Straccioncino ("the little ragamuffin").

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (18p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 7 min.

Dedicated to Camerata of St John's

Commissioned by Camerata of St John's.

First performance by Camerata of St John's at Camerata of St John's (Empire Theatre (Toowoomba)) on 16 Mar 2012

Includes program note.

When Brendan Joyce put me in touch with Valentini's music, I was immediately attracted to its energy and wit. I wanted to find a new perspective and mood hidden behind the bravura surface. With the burst-of-energy fourth movement of his Concerto op. 7 no. 7 ringing in my ears, I travelled around France and Italy by train in January (2012), on the way to visit a friend in Florence (I had a few days before starting a tour with my ensemble Topology). Not being much of a tourist, I nevertheless found myself passing, on the train's route, through some of the biggest stops on the typical if-it's-Tuesday-this-must-be-Belgium trip. Rather than sightseeing, though, I sat and listened to what was going on in my head; sitting beside St Mark's in Venice, the Duomo in Florence and Notre Dame in Paris, I was hearing a dreamlike, transformed version of Valentini's music; nostalgic, somewhat nebulous, floating and tender.

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ISMN: 979-0-720152-14-1

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