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Schmetterling for Violin and Piano
||Julian Raoul Besset
||Completely reworked version with abundant changes listed infra. The Title Page pictures the historic Pont Neuf over the Garonne in Toulouse, where the piece was composed, not under the bridge properly speaking, but in and about the town. A 2018 revision adds to the previous version (phrasings added together with some minimal changes).
||Besset, Julian Raoul
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|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1956, rev. 2016 & 2018
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
- Some composers (most ?) would have swept these early rudimentary pieces under the carpet. Looking back, the present composer failed to do so, basing his logic on the fact that nothing can undo the past, right or wrong. Had he destroyed these stepping stones (entitled Fragment(s) of Time), they would not have completely disappeared since they exist in time. He dug up these compositional exercises when attempting to set up a provisional works catalog. Naturally, the few that will be filched from the bottom of the pile as deserving some form of revival, will have to be transformed, just as the composer himself who has matured.
- Some details can be found in the composer's works list regarding Schmetterling, which has no real structure, with its mostly unconnected sequences, and hesitations. The revised version reconstructs the piece completely, with an attempt at continuity, while preserving most of the original piece, but with occasional additions that veer off suddenly away from the mainstream, albeit not completely, just as a real butterfly in solo flight, fluttering in at the outset, and fluttering out at the conclusion of the piece. This 'resurrection' from the pit of time explains the title of this series, including its alternative tile, "pot-pourri aérien".
- Analysis : The Score : 12 stave on 35,5 x 27 cm already used music paper with dry seal Papeterie SERIN Rodez (presumably from the 1920s). This batch of music paper had already been partly used in the composer's family (on the Besset side) to transcribe in ink the following popular melodies : La Bergeronnette with piano learner's fingerings pencilled in (no words) and Frou-frou (with words). Another page begins with La Paimpolaise barely sketched out and another lists an undefined piece thus : Paroles Edouard Pailleron (1834-1899) Musique de Clareau or Cloreau (?).
JRB's contribution is done in blue Waterman ink with pen using refills except on last detached sequence in black ink.
Page 1 : "beg" = beginning; cf.F =
p.2 Main title : Prelude; subtitle : Schmetterling in smaller script.
p.3 measures crossed out in pencil :
p.5 measures crossed out :
p.10 crossed out
pp.12 & 13 not numbered.
- Reworked score : Page 1 of the MS, the weakest of the set, has not been kept. The final version thus begins on page 2, preceded by a solo violin sequence, representing, if such is possible, a butterfly zigzaging in. A corresponding sequence is appended at the end, representing the contrary motion. A general (minor) revision of the whole piece was performed April 2018.