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Rhapsodic Variations on themes by Rameau
for accordion, M.682 (2014)
LISTEN TO THE WORK :
Sylvain Tissot, accordion
Written in 2014, this work has been commissioned by the accordionist Sylvain Tissot, who first performed it on August 2nd, 2014, in Fribourg and August 3rd, 2014, in Leysin.
Duration of the work : approximately 10 minutes
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the death of Rameau, I have inspired myself from themes taken from several of his works for harpsichord, successively La Poule, L’Egyptienne, Le Rappel des Oiseaux, Les Cyclopes, L’Enharmonique and L’Entretien des Muses. Besides, I’ve used, modifying it, an harmonic progression which Rameau used for his famous Trio des Parques, from the lyrical tragedy Hippolyte et Aricie, and which he describes as being of the “diatonic-enharmonic genre”. All of these themes are freely varied and developed, therefore the title of rhapsodic variations.
Laurent Mettraux, July 2014