Intrada, Passacaglia, Saltarello
for wind orchestra
> this work exists on CD
|Setting:||2, 2, 2, 2 (cfg) – 2, 2, 2,1|
|Dedicated:||aux Philharmonistes de Châteauroux et á leur chef János Kömives|
|Reworking:||Passacaglia for clarinet mi b, 2 clarinets si b, alto-clarinet mi b, 2 bass-clarinets
Passacaglia for organ
"Intrada, Passacaglia, Saltarello" was written in August 1982 in Balatonlelle on the edge of Lake Balaton where Farkas owned a house and where, for decades, he spent part of the summer. The composition is modern in style: the titles of the movements might suggest that Farkas was once again inspired by ancient music. But despite the formal design evoking the distant past, Farkas filled here old bottles with new wine. The work is dedicated to the Philharmonists of Châteauroux and their conductor, János Kőmives (1932-2005), a former student of Farkas and a dear friend.
The Intrada, which serves as an introduction, is interrupted twice by a contrasted musical material. The following Passacaglia is composed of a theme of ten notes repeated thirteen times. The last movement, Saltarello, is a kind of rondo based on a theme in "perpetuo mobile" interrupted by shorter segments of different character.
Ferenc Farkas wrote about the origin of the second movement, Passacaglia : "In 1931, while I was still a student by Ottorino Respighi in Rome, I began to compose a Partita in 4 movements for orchestra, the third of which should be a Passacaglia. From this work, I only finished the Passacaglia and the Scherzo. In 1968, I took the Passacaglia over and transcribed it for organ". We do not know when and for whom Ferenc Farkas wrote another version for 6 clarinets.
Nous ne savons pas quand et pour qui Farkas écrivit encore une version de la Passacaglia pour clarinette mi b, 2 clarinettes si b, clarinette alto mi b et 2 clarinettes basses