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Schlaepfer  Jean  Claude  Esquisses  Vn18

Jean-Claude Schlaepfer
Esquisses en trois tableaux

for violin and piano

  • Level: advanced
  • Duration: 5'40
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 1987

Reference: VN18


  • Publisher: Editions Bim


Jean-Claude Schlaepfer

Jean-Claude Schlaepfer (*1961)

Born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1961, Jean-Claude Schlaepfer studied piano for many years, notably with M. Risler. At the Geneva Conservatory he studied a program of theory courses and achieved a d... Read more

About Esquisses en trois tableaux

The Work

Each of these three movements represents a descriptive outline of a different musical character. In the Misterioso e espressivo, the piano and violin alternate extreme dynamics (pp to subito ff), in calm and violent passages, before vanishing in a peaceful silence.

The second movement (Scherzando + Vivace), sees the two instruments competing through the use of audacious rhythms, punctuated by accents, which serve to either separate one from the other or to bring them together.

Espressivo e lento, the last movement, draws from the multifarious varieties of musical expression (espressivo senza vibrato, mf con vibrato, etc.) with an unaffected simplicity resulting in a powerful single dimensional entity as a molto lento e pianissimo finale, where the violin leads to three ascending tenuto notes in the high register that are punctuated by a few transparent and dissonant chords, performed senza misura e morendo.