Partita pour orchestre á cordes, cuivres et timbales
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Available as rental through Presser. Engraved by Matthew Aubin.
1- Menuet; 2- Sarabande; 3- Pastorale et fugue
The Partita for strings, brass and timpani is one of Decruck’s early works. It was published in the United States and most likely written during her time in New York City. Many of Decruck’s contemporaries were looking to the past for inspiration and Decruck was no exception. The Partita is Neo-Baroque. Each movement prominently features the string section, sometimes dividing sections into multiple parts in order to achieve more complex harmonies. The first movement, Menuet, is an example of what would become Decruck’s mature voice. She infuses her melodies with melancholy and mystery while at times allowing the orchestra to project with a large organ-like sound. The music has a flow to it—due primarily to running sixteenth notes and pizzicato (plucked) rhythms. The second movement, a Sarabande, is a lush movement featuring divided strings and allowing the orchestra to sound like the organ. You can hear the influence of French composers like Faure in this movement. The work closes with a Pastorale and Fugue. This movement is an upbeat, whimsical finale. Decruck waits until the last movement to introduce the brass and timpani and also showcases her talent in counterpoint and fugue. It’s not known if this work was ever performed so it is quite possible that The Chelsea Symphony’s March 2022 performances were a world premiere (90 years later)!
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