Pieds-en-l’air arranged piano solo


The spirit of the English pastoral tradition is captured perfectly in this movement from Warlock’s Capriol Suite. There are also some beautiful modal conflicts reflecting the composer’s interest in the music Elizabethan music and particularly that of John Dowland. There are some compromises in the voicing of the lines particularly in the closing section whilst bar 13 requires some careful note reading in the left hand. This is an excellent piece for developing legato playing. It is also a good test piece because a successful performance requires an awareness of the modal conflict that exists in the lines of the music evident in the conflicting accidentals that feature in the score. The time signature is also a bit unusual but think of it as three groups of 3 whilst the tempo of the realisation is 132 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute. (44 dotted quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute. The voice leading at times quite a challenge to follow and for players really interested in understanding the musical elements should refer to the score for string orchestra. Peter Warlock’s career was sadly a short lived one but he did make some important contributions to the repertoire including the Capriol Suite from which this particular movement is taken. He was very interested in folk and Elizabethan music and used the name Warlock as a pseudonym for his composition work. He was a close friend of Delius and also worked as a music journalist using his real name which was Philip Heseltine. Warlock’s particular interest in music was in discovering and exploring the modal quality of English music through its folk song and its Elizabethan vocal music. The Capriol Suite captures what could be described as neo-Elizabethan idiom and spirit quite perfectly and it is well worth listening to the whole work played in its orchestral arrangement. Warlock’s was in many ways an unfulfilled life but it is evident in both his instrumental and vocal music that he had a quite exceptional musical ear and a true understanding of English music.





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