Instruments

Sicilienne arr. double bass & piano


A sicilienne is a slow tempo movement usually in a minor key with lilting rhythmic patterns and dotted notes enabling it to be described as a slow jig. This movement dates from 1893 and exists in several different arrangements. Fauré’s music possesses subtlety and as a composer he has a great awareness of instrument colour. Careful attention needs to be paid to the reading of accidentals as frequently different voices are sounding in what seem to be conflicting versions of a note. This is attributable to the modal element that it is a strong component of Fauré’s music. Apart from this, attention needs to be made to the reading of the notes and the score detail particularly in respect to knowing which notes are tied. In preparing scores the most appropriate range of the solo instrument is explored and consequently different arrangements explore different octave ranges. The sustaining pedal is required when playing the accompaniment and has been indicated generally only at the beginning of scores. The accompanist has the choice of whether or not to spread the chords in bar 42 and 43. The realisation plays at a tempo of 50 dotted quarter notes to the minute – the music editor’s view is that many performances of the work are played too quickly. A solo instrumental part notated in the treble and bass clef is appended to the full score. In this arrangement A minor is the chosen key although G minor is the natural and most appropriate key for the work. G minor is however a challenging key for the double bass player whilst the work is definitely playable in A minor. The music editor would appreciate receiving an informed opinion about key options for this work.





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