Duration: c. 14 minutes
The work is designed as a recital piece, the five movements comprising an arch like structure with relationships between movements I and V and II and IV respectively, leaving the central 3rd movement as a more extended lyrical interlude. The subtitles are in French and should be pronounced as such. The reason for this is purely that the premiere performance was scheduled to take place in France enabling the composer a little personal amusement whilst engaged on the work's composition! Also, the spontaneous use of parody and music hall mannerisms has particularly 'Les Six' connotations even though concocted here by an English composer.
An agitato introductory movement with two contrasting subjects, the first marcato and the second delicato.
The soloist is muted throughout in a scherzo quasi una marcia movement that includes two parody moments, the first a march, the second a waltz.
A lamentoso movement that grows in intensity from its gentle origins to reach a central more passionate outburst based upon the traditional Dies Irae melody.
This second scherzo is marked molto ritmico and is also muted throughout for the soloist. Two highly contrasting ideas provide the material: the first edgy yet being capable of being recast as a jazz waltz. The second is marked misterioso and is exactly that!
A return to the opening agitato style though the material is new with funky elements meeting rhythmic properties and much use of glissando in the solo part. A coda of increasing intensity brings the work to a dramatic conclusion.
The first performance of this work was given by Brett Baker (trombone) and Emmanuelle Bartoli (piano) in the Salle Fauré at the Conservatoire á Rayonnement Régional de Paris on 4th July 2012 as part of the 41st International Trombone Festival.