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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 I
Solissimo I opens with a long recitative set as a virtuosic cadenza. The simple serene theme that follows is succeeded by four variations: Moderato legato at a slightly faster tempo, Allegro scherzando in a very different atmosphere, Moderato marziale in form of a burlesque march that includes percussive key noises, and a very fast Allegro virtuoso consisting of all sixteenth notes. The final coda offers reminiscences of the theme ending fortissimo in the high register.
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