Legende de l’Oiseau bleu

ATCL Violin recital diploma examination approved repertoire.

Violin and Piano Legende de l'Oiseau bleu

Legende de l’Oiseau bleu for Violin and Piano

Publication

The Legende de l’Oiseau Bleu for Violin and Piano is available from UMP Ltd.

Description

Legende de l’Oiseau bleu is a tone poem for Violin and Piano for advanced players. Based on the French fable (see below), the ten-minute work is programmatic and descriptive in style, being musically accessible to performers and audiences. It includes some advanced techniques and is something of a showpiece. The piece is approved and listed for the Associate Diploma in Recital Performance for Trinity College London international music examinations; ATCL.

The Fable

(Français – English translation below)

La légende de l’oiseau bleu

Quelque part dans un pays lointain vivait une famille don’t les enfants voulaient absolument trouver un oiseau extraordinaire, incomparable, unique et merveilleux: l’oiseau bleu. ….. …..

Les parents ont refusé de donner leur permission car cette

aventure présentait trop de risques. Devant l’insistance des enfants qui ne voulaient pas en démordre, ils se laissèrent convaincre et les enfants partirent à la recherche de l’oiseau bleu en emportant bien sûr des provisions pour la journée. Le début de la route se fit sans peine, mais au bout d’un moment, le vent se mit à souffler, la pluie à tomber, les éclairs à zébrer dans le ciel, à fendre les nuages et à fracasser des chênes centenaires. ……

…aucune trace de l’oiseau bleu. …..

Dans la sombre forêt, mille et un nouveaux dangers les attendaient: bêtes sauvages, arbres tombés en travers du sentier, ruisseaux coulant en chutes infranchissables, torrents impétueux, gouffres et ronces. Pour jouter à cela, la grêle commença à s’abattre sur eux… Les enfants avaient faim, avaient soif, avaient peur dans les ténèbres et étaient désespérés. Par un hasard inouï, ils retrouvèrent, au soleil levant, le chemin de la maison où ils se présentèrent, plus morts que vifs, les mains vides et le coeur serré. …..

… ils n’ont pas trouvé l’oiseau bleu. ……

En mettant le pied dans la maison, qu’est-ce qu’ils y trouvèrent? L’oiseau bleu !

L’oiseau bleu était là et les attendait. ……

Pourquoi chercher le bonheur ailleurs alors qu’il est si près de toi…

…..Tu es ici, avec nous, bienvenue à l’Oiseau Bleu !

The legend of the blue bird (La legende de l’oiseau bleu)

(English)

Somewhere in a distant land lived a family whose children absolutely wanted to find a bird extraordinary, incomparable, unique and wonderful: the blue bird.

The parents refused to give their permission because this adventure presented too many risks. At the insistence of the children who did not want to give up, they let themselves be convinced and the children set off in search of the blue bird, taking of course provisions for the day. The start of the road was easy, but after a while the wind began to blow, rain to fall, lightning to streak across the sky, to split the clouds and to smash century-old oaks. No trace of the blue bird.

In the dark forest, a thousand and one new dangers were waiting: wild beasts, fallen trees across the path, streams flowing in impassable falls, rushing torrents, chasms and brambles. To add to this, the hail began to fall on them … The children were hungry, were thirsty, were afraid in the darkness and were desperate.

By an incredible chance, they found, at the rising sun, the way to the house where they were staying. Presented, more dead than alive, with empty hands and a heavy heart, they didn’t find the blue bird.

When they set foot in the house, what did they find there? The blue bird!

The blue bird was there waiting for them. Why seek happiness elsewhere when it is so close to you. You are here, with us, welcome to the Blue Bird!

Audio Demo

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Other Works related to Legende de l’Oiseau bleu by the Composer.

Citadel of Light‘, a prize-winning composition by Garry Wilkinson, for Violin and Piano, is approved recital repertoire as part of an own-choice repertoire recital. Read the post about ‘Citadel of Light’.

Constellations Set I for Violin and Piano, is an album of eleven graded pieces inspired by the night sky, both the astronomy and the mythology. Several of the pieces are set for grade examinations.

Exotic Birds‘ is an album of twenty-four short pieces for Solo Violin. It is suitable for young and early players.

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