Jean-Philippe Rameau: “Le rappel des oiseaux”



TIME COMMITMENT: 2×3 minutes

We are instantly inebriated with the speed at which these cascades of notes flocculate, pollinate and reinject themselves relentlessly into the advancing theme.  Accused by his compatriots of being ‘italianate’, Rameau subverted with such kamikaze speed the established complexity of gallant productions that prevailed in the grand wig era.  Intriguingly, I find the version for guitar duo much less hectic.  The celebrated, somewhat gritty, earthy transcription for two saxophones (by Goebbels and Harth) falls somewhere in between.









In the same way that a fresh, red rose shows its petals to the sun,

so this female eagle blushed when she heard all this.

She gave no answer, neither a ‘yes’ nor a ‘no’, she was so taken aback, until Nature said:

‘Daughter, there’s nothing to be frightened of, I assure you.’


Geoffrey Chaucer: “Parliament of Fowls”

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