This year's Delian Suite No. 5 celebrates the genius of the great French poet Paul-Marie Verlaine (30 March 18448 January 1896). By visiting the links listed below, you can listen to electronic realizations of each composer's musical contribution, read program notes, and view images evoking each movement of this international creative collaboration by members of the Delian Society. You will also find links to the composers enabling you to acquire scores or to learn more about each selection.
The Delian Suite No. 5Variations concertantes sur le nom de Paul Verlaine pour basson et orchestre à cordes (Concert Variations on the Name of Paul Verlaine for Bassoon and String Orchestra) was created in collaboration with bassoon virtuoso Franck Leblois (Angoulême, France) and will be premiered by the soloist with the Octava Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Johan Louwersheimer. This compelling new work prominently features the bassoon in each of the variation movements contributed by twelve composers representing the best in contemporary tonal art music from Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. This exciting new concert work serves as the centerpiece of the Delian Games, held annually in the month of May.
All composer members of the DS, whether professional or amateur, were eligible to participate in this noncompetitive collaborative project. Each movement is scored for bassoon solo and string orchestra [first violins, second violins, violas, cellos, and bass], and quotes a seven-note "Verlaine motto" in one or more significant ways determined by the composer. Each composer was free to shape the motto notes in any manner s/he wished (metrically, rhythmically, in an original harmonic context, with his/her own dynamics, articulations, etc.), and the motto could be transposed after appearing at least once in the chosen tonic key. A brief epigraph from a poem or text by Verlaine that captures the essence of each movement is associated with each score in the series.
The seven-note "motto" is actually a "soggetto cavato" based on the name "Paul Verlaine." "Soggetto cavato" means that the "subject" was "carved out" of the vowels in this name by equating them to the various solmization syllables (traditionally, ut, re, mi, fa, sol, and la):
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The original order of performance is:
Alphabetical listing of movements by composer's surname:
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