beautiful southern province in France: the "Provence". The composer
used an harmonic language respecting the popular characteristics, but
on the other hand also contains some "spicy" notes (... just like the
wellknown "Provençal sauce"! ...).
The instrumentation is very colourful, paying a lot of attention to the
different timbres of both brass and wood winds as well as to the
Every movement has its own character: "Un Ange a fa la crido"
(= An angel brought the creed / credo) is like a bourrée, "Adam e sa
Coumpagnou" (= Adam and his companion) is an old love song, "Lou
Fustié" (= the carpenter) a fast dance and finally "Lis Escoubo" (= a
whistle tune / popular ballad) is a farandole. In the latter, the old
tradition of folk musicians who play a whistle with one hand and a drum
with the other hand, is clearly represented during the first
presentations of the one and only theme)
Although this piece is not too demanding, a well balanced band is
necessary to perform it successfully. Thanks to the contrasts and the
varying colours, it keeps on holding the attention.