Extemporaries (Besset, Julian Raoul)




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Publisher Info. Julian Raoul Besset
Performers Composer with Garritan Yamaha Grand
Misc. Notes The composer revises the layout and audio output concurrently, so they are interdependent.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Extemporary 1: The Better Land

For Voice and Piano

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Publisher. Info. Julian Raoul Besset, 2019.
Misc. Notes Originally penned as The Roots Song, n°4, volume 1, a piano improvisation that was associated, as an afterthought, to the song poem by Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) which was mentioned to me by an old lady I was interviewing when researching my roots in South Petherwin, Cornwall, at the time my great uncle John Gunner, the village headmaster, played the organ at the local church. Back home, it incidentally occurred to me my improvisation was particularly well adapted to the late romantic and sentimental mood of the poetry in its reminiscence of Goethe's Mignon.The latter has been set to music many times, less so The Better Land, which is why, I spontaneously added the first stanza to the solo piano score. The text appears in a variety of hymnals between c.1840 -1900, with music by diverse authors, so I surmise it was sung in churches around Launceston and elsewhere in that period.
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General Information

Work Title Extemporaries
Alternative. Title Réimprovisations
Composer Besset, Julian Raoul
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 108
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's volume 1 :
  1. Bagatelle spontanée
  2. Dance Factice
  3. Double
  4. A Roots Song*
  5. Side Route 1
  6. Side Route 2
  7. Side Root 3
  8. Sub Root 4
  9. Waltzy Side Root
  10. Crookéd Sub-Root
  11. Forked Route
  12. Left Fork
  13. Right Fork
  14. A Junction
  15. Thoroughfare

Volume 2 :

  1. Suppin'
  2. Humoresque
  3. Quick Thoughts
  4. Unplanned Obsolescence
  5. Unobjective Quietude
  6. Dancing wooden stump man
  7. Moving Rain
  8. Waywardness
  9. Roller Coaster
  10. Play It Again Too
  11. Return to Base...
  12. ...and Basics
  13. Prambulations
First Publication. 2011
Librettist Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) for the vocal arrangement of the vol.1, n°4 piece
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation piano; voice, piano

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  • A Roots Song, on account of the poem and song The Better Land being evoked while I was researching my family roots around South Petherwin, Cornwall, in the 1980s. I much later arranged this long-standing favourite of yore for voice and piano under that title (see further comments under that submission).