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Light Piece

In taking a lateral look at Bizet’s famous Farandole I decided to omit the full opening statement of the old Provençal tune ‘Marcho dei Rei’ (March of the Kings), opting instead to make oblique references to it. The combination of this old Christmas song with another traditional Provençal melody ‘Danso dei Chivau Frus’(Dance of the Hobbyhorse) was originally made by Bizet’s friend Ernest Guiraud when he compiled Suite No. 2 from Bizet's music to the play L'Arlésienne.

The farandole is a traditional Provençal dance in which men and women hold hands in a chain and wind through the streets following a musician playing pipe and tabor. In the case of the ‘Danso dei Chivau Frus’ the lead dancer would wear a horse's head made of papier maché or something similar.

I have attempted to stay true to the spirit of the Farandole and the contrapuntal devices added by Guiraud while adding a few touches of interest and harmonic colour here and there.


Published by Studio Music Company

Recorded on Studio Music Sampler 2011

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