Music For 1601
About this work:
the full title is "Music for 1601 ...Conversation as it was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors."
Mark Twain's satirical (and completely obscene) play "1601 ...Conversation as it was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors," concerns sounds made by the body that can be copied most effectively by the contrabassoon.
These two short pieces, a Pavane and a Galliard, are written in a mock-Renaissance style. I like to imagine that the humor in the music is a bit more subtle than the humor in Twain's language. Published by Seesaw Music, but not in their on-line catalog. To order please call (973) 857-3440.
Year composed: 2004
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 1 Contrabassoon, 2 Other Wind Instrument(s)
Instrumentation notes: The piece is written for two soprano recorders and contrabassoon, but could also be played using two piccolos instead of the recorders. The result would probably be even more comical.