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Trois Rag-Caprices

By Darius Milhaud

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Concert Band/Harmonie - Grade 4.5
Composed by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Arranged by Johan De Meij. Amstel Concert Band. Concert Piece. Set (Score & Parts). Composed 1994. Amstel Music #AM 22-010. Published by Amstel Music (BT.AM-22-010).

Item Number: BT.AM-22-010

The French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) was a member of the 'Groupe des Six'. This group of six composers gathering Honegger, Poulence, Auric, Durey, Tailleferre and Milhaud, imitated Erik Satie by revolting against the deeply rooted traditional conventions of that time. They reacted against impressionism (Debussy) and romanticism (Wagner, Mahler) and felt very strongly about the music of Satie and Strawinsky. Milhaud's most popular work is undoubtedly the ballet 'La Creation du Monde', one of the most striking examples of jazz influences in classical music. The premiere at the 'The?tre des Champs Elysees' in October 1923 caused a real scandal with the Paris public.The 'Trois Rag-Caprices' for piano were composed one year earlier, in the summer of 1922, and could be considered as a kind of preliminary sketch for 'La Creation du monde'. There are indeed clear similarities between both compositions as to the rhythmical and harmonic aspects. The 'Trois Rag-Caprices' were orchestrated for symphony orchestra by Milhaud himself some time later. The same happened to 'Saudades do Brasil' (1920), a piano composition punctuated with Latin-American influences, which was written after his stay in Rio de Janeiro (1917-18) exactly as his ballet 'Le Boeuf sur le Toit'. Johan de Meij's orchestration of 'Trois Rag-Caprices' for symphonic band is a most welcome addition next to the original band works of Milhaud, such as 'Suite Fran?aise' (1945) and 'West Point Suite' (1951).

Het bekendste werk van de Franse componist Darius Milhaud is het ballet La Creation du Monde, dat in 1923 bij de premiere in Parijs veel opschudding veroorzaakte. Milhaud schreef Trois Rag-Caprices voor piano (Secet muscle, Romance en Precis et nerveux) een jaar eerder, dit werk is te beschouwen als een soort voorstudie van La Creation. Het is later door Milhaud zelf voor symfonieorkest georkestreerd. Johan de Meij schreefeen vakkundige orkestratie voor harmonieorkest.

Das bekannteste Werk des franzosischen Komponisten Darius Milhaud ist wohl La Creation du Monde, das bei seiner Urauffuhrung in Paris 1923 viel Aufsehen erregte. Trois Rag-Caprices entstand ein Jahr zuvor als eine Art Skizze fur das erstgenannte Werk, zunachst fur Klavier, dann von Milhaud selbst fur Sinfonieorchester angepasst. Johan de Meijs Bearbeitung fur sinfonisches Blasorchester ist fur jedes Blasorchester eine spannende Bereicherung des Repertoires.

Immediatement apres la Premiere Guerre mondiale, les echanges avec le Nouveau Monde s'intensifient et c'est ainsi que l'Europe accueille une musique toute empreinte de joie de vivre, de verve, de spontaneite : ragtime, fox-trot, charleston, etc. Plusieurs compositeurs classiques se laissent gagner par l'enthousiasme de la decouverte : Debussy, Stravinsky, Satie. Darius Milhaud se laissera lui aussi captiver par les rythmes afro-americains et donne a ses œuvres cet aspect de liberte et de gout de vivre Il nous laisse son ballet La Creation du Monde, Scaramouche et Trois Rag-Caprices pour piano et petit orchestre. Johan de Meij a realise une brillantetranscription de cette œuvre enjouee, au ton allegre.

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