Divertissement

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Divertissement

Listen to MP3s:
1) Introduction

2) Cortége

3) Nocturne

4) Valse

5) Parade

6) Finale

View sample score pages:
Mvt. 1   Mvt. 2   Mvt. 3
Mvt. 4   Mvt. 5   Mvt. 6
 

 

French composer Jacques François Antoine Ibert (August 15, 1890 - February 5, 1962) studied music from an early age.  While a student at the Paris Conservatoire he won its top prize, and also won the Prix de Rome on his first attempt, despite having his studies interrupted by his service in World War I.

Ibert had a long and successful composing career, and is best remembered for his orchestral works including "Divertissement" (1930) and "Escales" (1922) as well as his concerti for Flute, Alto Saxophone, Oboe and 'Cello.  As a composer, Ibert was often described as an eclectic and "Divertissement" certainly embodies this moniker, with its tongue-in-cheek approach to the music - embodying jazz age, vaudevillian and comic sensibilities among the serious composition and orchestration for the small chamber ensemble which appeared on stage.  Ibert's music demonstrates that Classical music doesn't always have to sound serious.

"Divertissement" was composed in 1929 as incidental music for a stage presentation of Ernst Labiche's "The Italian Straw Hat," a comical romp about a nervous bridegroom, his hungry horse (who eats part of the straw hat) and a philandering wife - whose honor the bridegroom attempts to protect with misdirection and disguises - in a series of screwball vignettes.  The music, peppered throughout the play, relates to the various people with whom the woman's straw hat comes in contact.

"Divertissement" is a GRADE 6 concert band transcription by Mark Wolfram which highlights jaunty melodies, colorful sonorities, tongue-in-cheek quotes, time signature changes and raucous ensemble passages designed to bring down the house. The work is composed in 6 short movements and has a duration of approximately 15:00.

A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, transposed full score are included. This LIMITED EDITION is available only through this website from Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows:

3 - Flute 1
3 - Flute 2
1 - Piccolo
1 - Oboe 1

1 - Oboe 2
1 - English Horn
1 - Bassoon 1
1 - Bassoon 2
1 - E-flat Clarinet
3 - B-flat Clarinet 1
3 - B-flat Clarinet 2
3 - B-flat Clarinet 3
2 - B-flat Bass Clarinet
1 - E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
1 - B-flat Contrabass Clarinet

1 - E-flat Alto Saxophone 1
1 - E-flat Alto Saxophone 2
1 - B-flat Tenor Saxophone
1 - E-flat Baritone Saxophone
1 - String Bass
1 - Pianoforte
2 - B-flat Cornet 1
2 - B-flat Cornet 2
2 - B-flat Cornet 3
1 - B-flat Trumpet 1
1 - B-flat Trumpet 2
1 - French Horn in F 1
1 - French Horn in F 2
1 - French Horn in F 3
1 - French Horn in F 4

2 - Trombone 1
2 - Trombone 2
2 - Bass Trombone
2 - Euphoniums T.C.
2 - Euphoniums B.C.
4 - Tubas
1 - Timpani
3 - Mallets (Xylophone, Vibraphone & Glockenspiel
)
1 - Percussion 1 (Snare Drum
)
2 - Percussion 2 (Woodblock, Bass Drum,
                Tambourine, Tam-Tam & Police Whistle)
1 - Percussion 3 (Piatti & Suspended Cymbal)
 
 
 

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