Byron Adams, Le Jardin Provençal for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord

Byron Adams

Le Jardin Provençal

Suite française

for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord

Level: intermediate / advanced
Duration: 18'30

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Flavours from Provence

Subtitled “Suite Française,” Le Jardin Provençal consists of four movements, none of which describe a particular garden in Provence. The first movement is a brisk Ouverture in sonata form followed by a Romance sans paroles – a “song without words.” The third movement is a farandole, a Provençal dance used most famously by Georges Bizet (1838-1875), which is characterized by a skipping step and a regular pulse. Thus the Farandole avec musette is based on a Provençal folksong with a contrasting musette that is my own invention. Borrowing a title from a poem by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), the final movement is entitled Fêtes galantes; this music evokes the moonlit landscapes that were perfected in the elegant canvases of Jean Antoine Watteau (1684-1721).

Byron Adams, November 2011, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Première: Brentwood, California, USA, 25 March, 2006 by the ensemble Pacific Serenades: Mark Carlson, flute; Allan Vogel, oboe; David Speltz, violoncello; Patricia Mabee, harpsichord.

I. Ouverture (4’15)
II. Romance sans paroles (5’10)
III. Farandole avec musette (2’50)
IV. Fêtes galantes (6’15)
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Byron Adams

Byron Adams (*1955)

Byron Adams (b. 1955, Atlanta, Georgia, USA) is a composer, musicologist, and conductor. He was educated at Jacksonville University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University, where he earned a doctoral degree studying composition with Karel Husa. Adams is a composer of tonal music with an inimitable style who employs... Read more