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French Suite

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

French Suite : for soprano and chamber ensemble / Edward Primrose.

by Edward Primrose (1980)

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  • Instrumentation: Lyric soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute, trombone, 3 guitars, viola/violin, cello, percussion.


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The work is loosely based on the French Suites of J.S.Bach.

Text is in French and comes from "L'homme approximatif" (Approximate Man) by the Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara.

In the first movement there is a link made between Tzara's ".. drawing a bitter substance from the past" with the iconic harmonic formulation for that other Tristan, from Wagner's Tristan & Isolde.

There are nine movements, each of which omits one of the nine performers except for the last movement which incorporates the full ensemble.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 8 performance parts (128p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Challenging vocal part.

Duration: 23 mins

Contents note:

1. Prelude -- 2. Allemande -- 3. Courante -- 4. Sarabande -- 5. Air -- 6. Minuet -- 7. Chaconne -- 8. Interlude -- 9. Gigue.

Dedicated to Don Banks

First performance by Seymour Group, Rosemary Richards, Edward Primrose — 27 Aug 80. The Great Hall, Sydney University

Revised 2020.

Winner of the ASME Young Composers Award in 1980.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Jan 22.

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