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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 individual adaptations of traditional techniques. His...
About Le Jardin Provençal
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.
- Editions Bim
- I. Ouverture (4’15)
II. Romance sans paroles (5’10)
III. Farandole avec musette (2’50)
IV. Fêtes galantes (6’15)