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OISEAU TRISTE

for piccolo and piano
degree of difficulty for the part of the piccolo: medium-high
degree of difficulty for the part of the piano: medium-high
duration: 13’ approx.
year of composition: 1980
I perf.:Torino, Conservatorio, 8.10.1981 – piccolo R. Fabbriciani. pf. C. Neri
Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Milano
WORK REGISTERED AT SIAE (Italian Authors and Publishers Association)


The title and the piece which bears it does not evoke bird-song – in an onomatopeic way. They allude rather to M. Ravel and his Oiseau Tristes (the second piece of the Miroirs): the author's homage to this great French musician. Perhaps the musical ghost which flutters in this composition is the lithesome sadness of a solitary nightingale.

Similarly to Eco, Mitofania, Revenants, Soavodia, Tornelli (by the same author) and other compositons of the euphonic period, Oiseau Triste exhibits a significant lack of intentional formal structure. The time within which the piece moves is not that marked by our clocks. Rather it is that time of contemplation or that of the magical instant which errupts in the music of C. Debussy. The form takes shape not as a pre-ordained course, but like the unpredictable itinerary of a woodland stroll or like the path of a rivulet of water, advancing over terrain.

The pianistic writing is modelled on the example of the carillon and shows itself to be akin to that of Revenants. It uses predominantly the upper register. Some few light touches are proposed by the lower register, designed to give impetus to the upper harmonics.

The piccolo, however, is given generally less arabesque writing so as not to produce a questionable ornithological onomatopea. Frenetic dartings are rare and ephimeral on the part of the piccolo.