On "À coco, gendarme" - (2023)
A "Comptine pour sauter sur les genoux," this children's rhyme and folk melody is spun out in through both voices and a number of harmonic domains. "Mount up, men-at-arms" to go to war, a topic often found as part of juvenile culture and literature. This is just as true in the so-called modern era as was in centuries before.
"À coco gendarme, / À pied, Bourguignon, / Allons à la guerre, / Les autres y sont. / Au pas, au pas, au pas, / Au trot, au trot, au trot, / Au galop, au galop, au galop."
3 pages, circa 2' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.
On "À coco, gendarme"