« Meanders »
for Bass Saxhorn in B b and piano
1976, then 1985
5 minutes 30
by the « Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de
Danse de Paris » (CNSMDP, « the Paris Conservatory »),
« Méandres » was the compulsory piece at the June 1976
Conservatory competition for both tuba and bass saxhorn.
It was not published yet.
It is only later, in 1985, that Fernand Lelong, in charge of the concerned
class at the Paris Conservatory, and at the same time director of the
collection « Le Tuba » at the publishing house « Editions
Gérard Billaudot », suggested that it would be worthwhile
to remodel the piece and conceive a new version more specifically for
bass saxhorn, bringing some modifications to make it fulfil its mission
of « exam » piece.
Then it was published and was the compulsory piece at the June 1985 Conservatory
competition for bass saxhorn.
This music, of atonal style, is written in a quite traditional way, and
displays certain lyricism.
To express the pieces meaning, it is very important to meticulously
take account of dynamic marks as well as everything about modes of attack
« Méandres » is quoted in François Pouillons
book « À propos du Tuba » published by « Editions
Gérard Billaudot ».
: Gérard Billaudot
Collection « Le Tuba », directed by Fernand Lelong