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French suite : soprano with ensemble

by Edward Primrose (1980)

French suite


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French suite : for soprano and chamber ensemble / by Edward Primrose.

Library shelf no. 783.66547/PRI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1980

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

Duration: 26 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Challenging vocal part.

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

Dedication note: "Dedicated in admiration to Don Banks"

First performance: by Seymour Group, Rosemary Richards, Edward Primrose — 1980.

The work attracted the ASME Young Composers Award in 1980.


Performances of this work

1980: featuring Seymour Group, Rosemary Richards, Edward Primrose.

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