||Besset, Julian Raoul
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.
||Volume 1 & 2 : 5 movements each
- In Memoriam H.
- Orderly Retreat
- Slumber Chute / Plongée morphique
- Spring Break
- Spring Tide / Marée vernale
- Summer Solstice / Solstice estival
- Scatterings / Dispersions
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
This work, closely following Caprices, is designed to be a "recreational" exercise. The composer, facing a number of criticisms within his circle appertaining to the technical demands of his compositions, has decided to "take a break" as it were, or "put on the brakes" in terms of difficulty. These lyrical pieces are accordingly more accessible, with less footwork, and the tempi are mostly on the slow side. The first piece ("evocation") is repeated as no.3 ("revocation"), with a different ending. This particularity is similar to what happened with his "Caprices" : finding himself at the organ with only a portion of the piece, having mislaid the rest of his original manuscript, the composer decided to continue the composition without referring to his previous efforts. The second piece, "Intermission", is fraught with Romantic (decadent?) overtones. The fourth piece, "In Memoriam H.", is a kind of dirge, without any allusion whatsoever. The H. can represent "Her" or "Him", on a far more general plane than in Tennyson's famous poem. The fifth piece opposes an agitated first section to an ethereal closing part. It is the composer's intention to add to this work, in several volumes of at least 5 "moments" or "breaks" each.
Volume 2 was added 4 years later. Kismet may not allow a third... One difference with the initial volume is the adding of poetic verses for each piece, which could be interpreted as a program for the set.