Le Jardin Provencal-FL/OB/CEL/HARPSICHORD
Composer: Adams, Byron
Publisher: BIM (Switzerland)
for flute, oboe, cello, and harpsichord
by Byron Adams (b. 1955)- American composer, conductor, and musicologist
Le jardin provencal consists of four movements, none of which describe a particular garden in Provence. The first movement is a brisk Overture in sonata form followed by a Romance sans paroles- a "song without words". The third movements is a farandole, a Provencal dance used most famously by Georges Bizet, which is characterized by a skipping step and a regular pulse. Thus the Farandole avec musette is based on a Provencal folk-song with a contrasting musette that is the composer's own. Borrowing a title from a poem by Paul Verlaine, the final movement is titled Fetes galantes; this music evokes the moonlit landscapes that were perfected in the elegant canvases on Jean Antoine Watteau.