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Light Piece

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) is mainly remembered today as an influential musical theorist. This is a shame because, during his time, he was renowned as a composer of considerable melodic and harmonic inventiveness.

In 1725 he was intrigued by a visit to Paris of two native Americans from Louisiana and later wrote a harpsichord piece entitled Les Sauvages (The Savages). He re-used it in a ballet scene in his opera-ballet Les Indes Galantes as the Dance of the Peace Pipe. The piece became incredibly popular in France and its appeal lasted throughout the 18th century.

In arranging it for band I have tried to remain true to the spirit of the music while taking a slightly lateral look at it. It is not particularly difficult but should be played in a dance-like style with a lot of verve.

Published by de Haske

Messengers of Light

Recorded on Messengers of Light, de Haske LC1530


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