Suite for Harmonium and Piano -
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
seeking a harmonium to add to the orchestra's collection, a Victor Mustel
harmonium became available, in need of restoration. With some many months of
considering what a fine chamber music instrument this is, and surveying some
of the fine literature written for it, the thought to compose a suite came
work is a true duet, neither playing solely an accompanying role. The
harmonium part is without those annotations which various composers a
century ago would add indicating registrations. With many different makers
and various configurations, it is best to rely on the harmonium player's
knowledge of a given instrument to make from among the choices tasteful,
In a first
movement, marked andante, arpeggios in the piano outline a harmonic
succession with the solo lines of the harmonium over it. Later roles
reverse, and the complexity of their roles increase.
The second is a caccia of sorts, marked presto ma
non troppo, as the instruments exchange "sides" across the tonic and
The third marked largo is lyrical as a minimalist
chord succession underpins a solo line in the harmonium.
The fourth and final movement is a fugue with both
instr7ments stating the subject, moving through related regions and to a
stretto of three voices separated at the quarter noted. A last
reminiscence of the opening echoes to a quiet last cadence.
pages, circa 15' 00" - an MP3 demo is here:
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arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.
Suite for Harmonium and Piano