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Author: Katrina 
Date:   2010-06-24 20:29

Is there something stylistically I'm missing about this piece? I'm finding it very dull and uninteresting. Boring even. I can _make_ it musical but I guess it's just not a piece for me personally.

Anyone out there feel the same? Anyone out there have the one nugget of info I'm missing to help me like the work?

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 Re: Messager
Author: mrn 
Date:   2010-06-25 00:00

It's not my favorite piece, either, but I think the key is not to take it too seriously.

Messager was first and foremost a composer of operettas--the French answer to Gilbert and Sullivan, you could say--and I don't think Solo de Concours really departs a whole lot from that sort of lighthearted, musical-comedy sort of style. As far as I know it's Messager's only piece in the solo instrument and piano genre.

So I think it helps to think of it as more or less a medley of "show tunes" strung together--not particularly deep or subtle and maintaining at least some minimal level of lightheartedness throughout.

The first part is a happy-go-lucky, everything's going my way, birds are chirping kind of tune. The second, perhaps a pleasant romantic ballad, with a little instrumental bridge (the sextuplet passage) over which the protagonists exchange some spoken dialogue before the tune resumes. The plot thickens during the cadenza, and the story resolves in the third section, which is more or less a reprise of the first part (or "first act," if you like). Finally, the last section is the curtain call, when the whole cast comes back on stage and takes their bows.

YouTube has some samples of the music Messager is most famous for, which I think it helps to hear to better understand the stylistic context of Messager's music:


Post Edited (2010-06-25 00:01)

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 Re: Messager
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2010-06-25 01:29

I assume you caught TomD's post looking for Solo de Concours help in which he posted this phenomenal YOUTUBE link:


This fellow does an amazing job of sussing out the music.

One can't begin to appreciate this piece without the accompaniment. With it, start with the slow section, move to the transition back to the original theme and voila........ the rest is just getting you there.

..............Paul Aviles

Post Edited (2010-06-25 13:46)

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 Re: Messager
Author: Ed Palanker 
Date:   2010-06-25 13:31

I think it's a NICE piece but let's face it, it ain't a really great piece of music. It's a good filler on a recital or a fun show piece if you can make it fly cleanly. ESP

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 Re: Messager
Author: David Niethamer 
Date:   2010-06-25 13:50

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zvbFVLuCFk

VERY fine performance. I'll be bookmarking this for students.


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