Zbinden  Jf  Episodes  Co66

Julien-François Zbinden

Episodes op. 95

for horn and orchestra

Level: advanced
Duration: 12'
Swiss Composers Series

CO66a Piano reduction (solo part included)
CO66b Orchestra score
CO66c Orchestra parts

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A slow and expressive introduction in the form of a long crescendo leads to an initial, short cadenza for the solo instrument. An Andantino follows, enlivened by a syncopated, breathless accompaniment. Entrusted in the orchestral version to paired horns and oboes, a brief Moderato effects the transition from the closing measures of this first episode to the opening measures of the second.

The central episode presents an elegiac subject, enounced within an atmosphere of intimacy by the horn. Following a momentary, more passionate peroration, the subject returns in an ornamented, condensed form. And as before, a transition section both closes the second episode and leads to the third.

A virtuosic passage for the horn, underpinned by violent chords in the accompaniment, briskly opens the concluding episode. In an alternation of lyrical and joyous elements, the exchange continues, with the support of an accompaniment in perpetuum mobile or fugal style. The work’s major cadenza for the solo instrument precedes a brief coda, whose violence relents only upon the final chord’s decay.

Instrumentation - - strings
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Julien-François Zbinden

Julien-François Zbinden (*1917)

Julien-François Zbinden was born on November 11th, 1917 in Rolle (Vaud/Switzerland). After having studied piano, with secondary studies in voice and violin, he began in 1938 his musical career as a pianist in a jazz band, having had a passion for jazz at an early age. As a composer, he was self-taught at the beginning, so to speak. After 1947 he... Read more