Julien-François Zbinden (1917-2021)
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 worked at the musical department of Radio Suisse...
About Solissimo III
The first part of Solissimo III for clarinet alone – Lento – was written in the form of a passacaglia. A low theme of twelve measures exposed in the chalumeau register of the clarinet is repeated three times, with progressively more complex ornaments added until it ends in fortissimo. A brief transition of calm merges into the second part – Andantino – a subtle lyrical expressive song based on the rhythm of a barcarolle.
The Allegro of the third part is in complete contrast to what preceded it. It is based on a mischievous theme that covers the complete range of the instrument before evolving into a short cadenza which recalls the motive of the Andantino before returning to the Allegro theme which functions as a brief coda.
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