The Swan's Skirl (Besset, Julian Raoul)
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Violin and Piano (Composer)
Quite as different but in a more virtuoso style.
For Viola and Piano (Composer)
Also quite different from its starting point.
For Cello and Piano (Composer)
While only a measure longer (59 bars vs. 58), the cello and piano setting is much more than a mere transcription of the piano original.
|Work Title||The Swan's Skirl|
|Alternative Title||Le Cygne Stridulant|
|Composer||Besset, Julian Raoul|
|Year/Date of Composition||2014|
|Composer Time Period||Modern|
|Related Works||Based on last section (No.4) from the suite Décalages: "Cygnes Avant-Coureurs" (Swooning Swans).|
- The term "skirl" is used euphonically, not in reference to bagpipes (one may remember Woody Allen's definition of a gentleman), but it is hard if not impossible to find a French equivalent. The adjective "stridulant" is used as a possible semantic (and punning : strie du lent) transfer, although it over-emphasizes the squawking or shrill cries of the bird rather than its flapping wings when taking off or graceful gliding movements on a pool of water, for which the term "whirl" might have been another approximation, close to "world". The arrangements of this piano piece are categorized as paraphrases for different combinations of string instruments as they develop in completely different directions compared to the original piano piece, as if the bird's calls were growing more and more indistinct in distance as in time.