||Robin Doyon, with the support of the
Edmonton Arts Council.
Dedicated to Robin Doyon.
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.
- Nov 16, 2016—Robin Doyon & Sarah Ho
Winspear Centre (Edmonton, AB)
For score perusal and parts rental information,
contact Robert Rival.