Clea Galhano and Asako Hirabayashi play DET’s Rigadoons, for recorder and harpsichord.
Featuring artists from Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra.
Sunday June 4, 4 PM
Parkway United Church of Christ
3120 Washburn Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55411
Also music by Asako Hirabayashi, Bach, Telemann. Reception following the program.
Part homage, part confection, Rigadoons is a medley of neo-baroque dances. The title—a corruption of the French rigaudon—comes from Marcello, and suggests to me upbeat dances, a dream world, a tea biscuit. “Fancie” ranges from a meditative beginning through several changes of mood to an airborne finish. Compound meter and dotted rhythms characterize the “Furlana.” The “Tambourin” tune turns Rameau’s famed harpsichord ditty on its head. Cléa Galhano suggested that the fourth movement, a swaying and languorous dance, be titled “Balanço,” a Brazilian word meaning “swing.” The Finale begins as a rigaudon, but its countersubject stretches into a whimsical tune just before the recap. I composed Rigadoons in the summer of 1998.