Les mille-pattes »
The centipedes »
by both the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education
Premièred in Paris at the « Fête de la Musique »
on the 21st of June 1989
of the project :
It was a matter of making primary schools and conservatories of music
get closer everywhere in France, with the wish of putting in touch children
without any special musical knowledge and young instrumentalists studying
in conservatories. The aim was to offer them an opportunity to play music
Composer : Édith Lejet
Words : René David
Type of work : Musical tale for eight-to-ten-year-old children
Duration : about 12 minutes
Specificities : the piece is composed of an easy song in dialogue aimed
at children who are not students in a conservatory, and an instrumental
part with a great deal of choice in term of instrumental groupings.
This officially commissioned work, composed on the occasion of the «
Fête de la Musique », is preferably intended to be performed
outdoors by a wind orchestra or a wind band. But the piece may be played
at the piano, or performed by four or five instruments of a same family,
wind or string as well.
It is a soft-cover twenty-four-page score, with seventeen separate leaves
for the instruments, and some instructions given by the composer.