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Arnold Rosner (1945–2013) / Musique de Clavecin, op. 61 (1974) for harpsichord

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Musique de Clavecin, op. 61
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ARNOLD ROSNER<br />

MUSIQUE DE CLAVECIN<br />

for harpsichord<br />

<strong>op</strong>. <strong>61</strong> (1974)


Arnold <strong>Rosner</strong><br />

<strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong><br />

I. Ron<strong>de</strong>au: La Dame du Seigneur 4<br />

II. Danse: La Walewska 10<br />

III. Fantaisie: La Céleste 16<br />

IV. Noël: Les Suzannes 22<br />

V. Passacaille: La Douleureuse 26<br />

Arnold <strong>Rosner</strong> (1945–2013)<br />

<strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong><br />

C<strong>op</strong>yright © 2015 The Estate of Arnold <strong>Rosner</strong>. www.arnoldrosnermusic.com<br />

Music engraved by Jeffrey Grossman in SCORE 4.01<br />

Book typeset in Adobe InDesign<br />

ver. 6 June 2015


Notes<br />

The <strong>op</strong>ening movement, Ron<strong>de</strong>au: La Dame du Seigneur, is in pace and meter in the<br />

fashion of a saraban<strong>de</strong>. It refers to one of several women known to me through the chessplaying<br />

community. She also had a great love of Baroque music and, <strong>de</strong>spite her youth,<br />

an intense bitterness about life altogether, though she was also capable of great warmth.<br />

The subsequent Danse: La Walewska refers to a piano and music theory stu<strong>de</strong>nt of<br />

Polish extraction with a <strong>de</strong>lightfully outgoing personality. While this section was inten<strong>de</strong>d<br />

as one of the “scherzi” of the set, upsetting news accompanies this re-issue. Since<br />

writing <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong> in 1974, I have generally maintained scant contact with<br />

the women <strong>de</strong>scribed in it. On August 19, 2012, however, Jane (actually née Waleski) was<br />

fatally involved in the crash of a small airplane in Long Island, New York.<br />

I refer to another stu<strong>de</strong>nt of the same subjects in the central Fantaisie: La Céleste.<br />

She had jet-black hair and was exceedingly beautiful and said very little, though the<br />

compelling look in her eyes was at first alluring and later frightening. I have attempted<br />

to portray her with a grand study in crescendo-diminuendo, based on simple but, I h<strong>op</strong>e,<br />

haunting material. The whole matter of dynamic variation on the harpsichord is a great<br />

challenge, as the player can provi<strong>de</strong> very little of it with strength or force; the composer<br />

must write it in through accretion and attrition of notes.<br />

The fourth movement, Noël: Les Suzannes, was prompted by the fact that several of my<br />

friends had married women named Susan. I enjoyed excellent platonic relationships with<br />

all of them and this movement, accordingly, attempts an atmosphere of elegance and<br />

grace. To those who recognize the music from my v for small orchestra of 1967, I plead<br />

guilty in reverse. After its composition, I became dissatisfied with the second movement<br />

of that work and replaced it, using the title Carol, with a transcription of the present<br />

harpsichord material, which is thusly the Urfassung.<br />

The final movement, Passacaglia: La Douleureuse, refers to another woman I had met<br />

through my interest in chess. She was then a doctoral candidate in French, was passionately<br />

physical and possessed of unusual vitality and energy. During the time I knew her,<br />

it was discovered that she was stricken with terminal Hodgkins’ Disease.<br />

Of course, I have altered or disguised the names of the very real pe<strong>op</strong>le <strong>de</strong>scribed in<br />

<strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>. As for technicalities, asi<strong>de</strong> from its overall difficulty, the score<br />

calls for some very quick registration changes and specifies the 16’ st<strong>op</strong>, very much out<br />

of favor with current harpsichord buil<strong>de</strong>rs but, of course, capable of adding remarkable<br />

bass resonance.<br />

— Arnold <strong>Rosner</strong>


4<br />

Adagio serioso ( = c. 68)<br />

<strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> clavecin<br />

1. Ron<strong>de</strong>au: La Dame du Seigneur<br />

Arnold <strong>Rosner</strong><br />

Opus <strong>61</strong> (1974)<br />

I<br />

(-16’) secco<br />

(+16’)<br />

I: 4’, 8’, 16’<br />

II: 8’<br />

-Coupler<br />

5<br />

(-16’) (+16’)<br />

10<br />

secco<br />

14<br />

II<br />

II<br />

ossia<br />

(+C)<br />

19<br />

I<br />

3<br />

secco<br />

3 3 3<br />

3 3<br />

(plein jeu)<br />

C<strong>op</strong>yright © 2015 The Estate of Arnold <strong>Rosner</strong>. www.arnoldrosnermusic.com


22<br />

5<br />

3<br />

poch. rit.<br />

26<br />

29<br />

a tempo<br />

3<br />

3<br />

3 3<br />

II<br />

32<br />

36<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


6<br />

40<br />

3<br />

secco<br />

secco<br />

42 secco<br />

I (plein jeu)<br />

3<br />

3<br />

3<br />

sempre quasi legato<br />

3<br />

44<br />

5<br />

5 5 5<br />

5<br />

5<br />

46 8 loco<br />

5<br />

5 5 5 5<br />

48<br />

5<br />

5<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


50<br />

7<br />

5<br />

5<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

(51)<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

3<br />

53<br />

II<br />

3<br />

57<br />

(II ancora)<br />

(-C)<br />

3<br />

(-4’, -16’)<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


8<br />

62<br />

I (8’)<br />

66<br />

II (secco)<br />

70<br />

(+4, +16, +C)<br />

74<br />

I (plein jeu)<br />

(secco)<br />

sempre quasi legato<br />

78<br />

secco<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


82<br />

Poco 9<br />

allarg.<br />

85<br />

A tempo<br />

ossia pochissimo meno mosso<br />

3 3<br />

88<br />

poch. rit.<br />

3<br />

91 a tempo<br />

II<br />

96 II<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong><br />

Duration: c. 4½ min.


10 2. Danse: La Walewska<br />

Allegro non tr<strong>op</strong>po ( = c. 108)<br />

I<br />

I: 8’, 4’<br />

II: 8’<br />

-Coupler<br />

6<br />

I<br />

II<br />

11<br />

16 II<br />

I<br />

II<br />

22<br />

I<br />

II<br />

28<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


33<br />

11<br />

I (8’, 4’)<br />

37<br />

(+16)<br />

41<br />

quasi legato<br />

45<br />

49<br />

52<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


12<br />

55<br />

3 3<br />

3 3<br />

3 3<br />

3 3<br />

58<br />

63<br />

68<br />

II I II<br />

73<br />

I<br />

78<br />

II<br />

I<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


83<br />

13<br />

II<br />

88<br />

(II)<br />

I<br />

(-16)<br />

92<br />

I<br />

95<br />

98<br />

3 3<br />

3 3<br />

3 3<br />

3<br />

3<br />

II<br />

101<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


14<br />

106 II<br />

I<br />

112 II<br />

I<br />

II<br />

118<br />

124<br />

I (8’, 4’)<br />

129<br />

134<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong><br />

Duration: c. 2½ min.


ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong><br />

15


16 3. Fantaisie: La Céleste<br />

Largo misterioso ( = c. 44)<br />

I sempre quasi legato<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

I: 8’<br />

II: 8’<br />

-Coupler<br />

6<br />

3 3<br />

11<br />

secco<br />

16 (II)<br />

I 3 3<br />

20<br />

(+C)<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


24<br />

17<br />

27<br />

30<br />

gliss.<br />

(+16)<br />

(+4)<br />

(plein jeu)<br />

33<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


18<br />

36<br />

con rubato<br />

3 3 3 3 3 3<br />

3 3<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

38<br />

non rubato<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

3 3 3 3 3 3<br />

40<br />

3 3 3 3 3 3<br />

3 3 3 3 3 3<br />

3 3 3 3 3 3<br />

42<br />

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3<br />

3 3<br />

3 3<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

3<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


44<br />

3<br />

3<br />

19<br />

3 3<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

45<br />

3<br />

3<br />

3 3<br />

46<br />

3<br />

3<br />

3<br />

3<br />

3<br />

3 3 3 3 3<br />

47<br />

poch. meno mosso<br />

e accel poco<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

gliss.<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


20<br />

al a tempo<br />

49<br />

52<br />

(-4)<br />

56<br />

(-16)<br />

60<br />

II<br />

II<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


21<br />

64<br />

3 3<br />

secco<br />

68<br />

(-C)<br />

73 I<br />

I (8’)<br />

Duration: c. 5½ min.<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


22 4. Noël: Les Suzannes<br />

Allegretto grazioso ( = c. 90)<br />

I<br />

I: 8’, 4’<br />

II: 8’<br />

-Coupler<br />

8<br />

13<br />

II<br />

18 I<br />

II<br />

I<br />

22<br />

II<br />

II<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


26 I I<br />

21<br />

II<br />

I<br />

I<br />

31<br />

35<br />

39<br />

43<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


24<br />

47<br />

(+16)<br />

51<br />

54<br />

II<br />

58<br />

62<br />

(-16)<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


66<br />

23<br />

I<br />

70<br />

I<br />

75<br />

II<br />

80 ritardando<br />

Duration: c. 2 min.<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


26 5. Passacaille: La Douleureuse<br />

Adagio ( = c. 54)<br />

II sempre quasi legato<br />

I: 8’<br />

II: 8’<br />

+Coupler<br />

3 3<br />

6<br />

12<br />

I (8, +C)<br />

I<br />

16<br />

secco<br />

19<br />

(+4)<br />

secco<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


22<br />

27<br />

(+16)<br />

(plein jeu)<br />

secco<br />

25<br />

secco<br />

28<br />

(secco)<br />

(secco)<br />

II<br />

3<br />

32<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


28<br />

36<br />

3<br />

(-16)<br />

39<br />

II<br />

I(8’, 4’, +C)<br />

(+16)<br />

(II)<br />

42<br />

poco<br />

poco più mosso<br />

I (plein jeu)<br />

secco<br />

poco<br />

I<br />

45<br />

3 3<br />

3<br />

48 (secco)<br />

3<br />

3 3<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


51<br />

3<br />

29<br />

3<br />

secco<br />

3<br />

54<br />

3<br />

secco<br />

3 3<br />

56<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

58<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


30<br />

60<br />

63<br />

3 3 3 3<br />

65<br />

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3<br />

67<br />

70<br />

3<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


74<br />

allargando<br />

Tempo I<br />

31<br />

II<br />

secco<br />

78<br />

82<br />

86<br />

secco<br />

90<br />

ritard.<br />

a tempo<br />

quasi legato<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


32<br />

93<br />

(secco)<br />

I (plein jeu)<br />

II I secco<br />

95<br />

II I secco II I secco<br />

97<br />

II<br />

I<br />

(secco)<br />

II<br />

I<br />

99<br />

secco secco secco secco<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>


33<br />

103<br />

II<br />

II 3<br />

107<br />

3<br />

111 poco rit.<br />

3<br />

Duration: c. 7 min.<br />

Complete duration: c. 22 min.<br />

ROSNER: <strong>Musique</strong> <strong>de</strong> <strong>Clavecin</strong>

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