This is probably one of the stranger pieces that I’ve written. ‘French Concerto’ was originally commissioned and premiered by Trio Dauphine in France (with Marie van Rhijn playing harpsichord), and I then made a version for the instrumentation of the Omni Ensemble in New York (with Rebecca Pechefsky on harpsichord). Although all the music is original, and no pastiche intended, the piece deliberately plays around with the style of the French Clavicenists, and refracts it in different directions; beginning with a mosaic of ideas that gradually opens out into longer sections. The spirit is that of Watteau, Fragonard, of ‘jouissance’. This recording is from the Omni Ensemble’s concert.
French Concerto, audio
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