Deux Soliloques »
« Two Soliloquies »
one was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture.
The second one was composed at Jacques Adnets request for the exam
of the Paris Conservatory.
of « Music and book reviews » by William Scharnberg Contributing
Editor in « The Horn Call »/No. 25.1/November 1994
« Édith Lejet, a Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatory,
wrote DEUX SOLILOQUES as the compulsory piece for solo horn at the June
1993 Conservatory competition. As an « exam »piece for students
completing their curriculum, this work incorporates a gamut of contemporary
techniques . The composers exacting verbal directions may necessitate
the use of a good French dictionary. Although it is a virtuoso solo, Professor
Lejet clearly has strong musical convictions and a sense of drama. Both
movements are written in proportional notation and make good use of the
low register down to written f#. Although there are a few high notes up
to c, at only one point in the first soliloquy is the
higher tessitura sustained, thereby creating a solo that can be practiced
for longer periods of time than many. The second movement demands greater
finger dexterity and lip flexibility. Whether you perform this solo or
simply use it to test your skill against the 1993 horn class at the Paris
Conservatory, you owe it to yourself to purchase a copy. »
(The Horn Call Editor : Johnny Pherigo, School of Music, Western Michigan
University, Kalamazoo, USA).