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"Route l'amour perdu"

GENERAL INFORMATION
Title Route l'amour perdu
ComposerF.G.J. Absil
Instrum.Big Band
Date2019
Duration6'45
StyleContemporary Jazz (feature for piano, trombone and trumpet)
KeyFm - F
Meter4/4 - 3/4
Measures137
Tempo74-82 BPM

FULL INSTRUMENTATION

A musical score excerpt
  • Alto Saxophone 1-2 (doubling on Flute), Tenor Saxophone 1-2 (doubling on Clarinet in Bb), Baritone Saxophone (doubling on Bass Clarinet);
  • Trumpet 1-2-3-4 (open, bucket and cup mute), Trombone 1-2-3 (idem), Bass Trombone (idem);
  • Jazz Guitar, Piano (solo feature, doubling on lead synthesizer), Double Bass, Drums (sticks).

NOTES FOR THE PERFORMER

YouTube video of the big band composition Route l'amour perdu by Frans Absil Route l'amour perdu is a moderate tempo piece for big band in contemporary jazz style (straight 8ths). This composition has the following features:

  • Saxophone section players double on woodwinds (2 flutes, 2 clarinets in Bb, bass clarinet).
  • The main theme in the key of minor, with many cluster voicings, is presented first in a statement by solo piano (m. 5-12), then repeated by the full band with brass in bucket mutes (m. 3-20), and returns at the end (m. 125-137).
  • Transitory sections that are full of imitation in all sections. These include the many sections in 3/4 meter (m. 21-28, 65-72, 85-92, and 117-124), and the development section (m. 29-56).
  • Bitonal and polychord harmony sections. These include the transition (m. 93-100) and the tutti sections in the key major, the first presenting a combination of woodwinds and trombones (m. 101-108), followed by prominent open brass phrase (m. 109-116).
  • Two ad lib solos, for Trombone 1 (m. 57-64) and piano (m. 77-84) and a written-out 2nd trumpet solo (m. 101-108). The score contains template solos (as played in the audio demo version).
  • The keyboard player changes between piano and lead (monophonic) synthesizer, at one point using split hands (m. 31-34).

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