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Cortège 'Fragment', Op 143

'Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 3' (CDH55199)
Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 3
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Cortège 'Fragment', Op 143
Flamboyant is the Cortège in A major, subtitled ‘Fragment’. Every so often Chaminade produces a work which bursts the bounds of the decorum that informs most of her music, and this is one such. The swaggering bravado of this military march almost recalls the satirical heroics of Alkan’s Capriccio alla soldatesca, and when the music turns to the minor she produces another surprise by turning the march tune into a fugue subject. An extended development centred around E major allows a cadence back to the opening material, with a thunderous left-hand drum figure marked ‘Timbales’ (was this, in truth, a sketch for an orchestral piece?) just before the closing bars.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1996

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55199 track 22
Recording date
14 November 1995
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (CDA66846)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: August 1996
    Deletion date: November 2004
    Superseded by CDH55199
  2. Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (CDH55199)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: April 2006
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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