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Le Repas du Lion by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDH55057
Recording details: December 1987
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 39 seconds

Chôros No 2
composer
1924

Chôros No 2  [2'39]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The contrapuntal nature of many passages in the Chôros series is clearly demonstrated in Chôros No 2, a duo for flute and clarinet written in 1924. This is one of only two compositions dating from that busy year of concert-giving and travel, the other being Chôros No 7, a larger chamber work which also employed flute and clarinet as leading voices. The spikily humorous dissonances, imitations, and syncopations of Chôros No 2 are all direct descendents of the improvisatory music of Rio’s street musicians in which the two instruments predominated. The work may also be seen as a genuine two-part invention, again prefiguring the conception of the later series of Bachianas Brasileiras. Villa-Lobos even made his own transcription of the work for piano.

from notes by Simon Wright © 1989

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