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Badinerie

Instrumentation: trumpet, piano
Duration: 5:00
Year Composed: 2015
Commissioner: Robin Doyon, with the support of the
Edmonton Arts Council.

Dedicated to Robin Doyon.


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Program Notes

Closely allied in character to the scherzo, the badinerie was a title given in the 18th-century to a playful movement of a suite, the finale of Bach’s Second Orchestral Suite the most famous example. My intention here was to create a light-hearted musical romp using shifting tempos and styles—and the occasional non sequitur. What binds the whole is an obsession with a falling third played by the trumpet right off the top, initiating a slow, dreamy introduction. That third generates the material of the fast, lively music that follows: an angular, staccato theme followed by a legato, expressive one. At intervals the dreamy refrain returns, each time motivating further development of the third motive, including a passage in slow swing played by the trumpet with a harmon mute (two other mutes make appearances). Despite many piquant chords and distant modulations, the piece gravitates to C major, an authentic cadence in the home key, implied repeatedly by the refrain, withheld until the very end.

—R.R.


Performances

  • Nov 16, 2016—Robin Doyon & Sarah Ho
    Winspear Centre (Edmonton, AB)

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