In an Old House in Paris (Fine, Elaine)

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Performances

Recordings

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Elainefine (2020/9/28)

Performers Elaine Fine, Violin; Elaine Fine, Viola
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Sheet Music

Scores

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Elainefine (2020/9/27)

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Misc. Notes Scores are provided with various combinations of clefs and keys to allow for mixing of instruments. See below for possible combinations.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Trumpet and Bass (Fine)

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Misc. Notes Arrangement made for members of the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra
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For 2 Guitars (Fine)

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Misc. Notes This 2-guitar version can be mixed and matched with the other E minor versions
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General Information

Work Title In an Old House in Paris
Alternative. Title
Composer Fine, Elaine
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IEF 117
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2020
First Performance. 2020/09/26
Average DurationAvg. Duration 5 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation various combinations of 2 instruments (see below)
InstrDetail scores are provided to make the following combinations possible:
  • flute or oboe with
guitar or
viola
  • 2 clarinets
  • bassoon with
2nd bassoon or
viola or
cello
  • violin with
clarinet or
guitar or
2nd violins or
viola
  • viola with
guitar or
2nd viola or
cello
  • 2 cellos

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This is an antiphonal piece that follows the rhythms found in the text of Madeline, a children’s book written in 1939 by Ludwig Bemelmans. The words that correspond to the musical phrases can be found in the book, which can be found in many libraries and bookstores. They cannot be printed in the score, though.

During 2020, a time of social distancing, musicians have been looking for ways to play together by way of video communication. Truly synchronous two-way communication is not yet possible, so this piece explores the horizontal musical communication that is operative in antiphonal music.

I have found that the piece works better on a direct communication platform like FaceTime than it does on a conference-based platform like Zoom.

I have made modular settings so that this piece can be played by two violins, two clarinets, violin and clarinet, two violas, viola and guitar, oboe and guitar, flute and guitar, violin and guitar, violin and viola, viola and cello, oboe and viola, flute and viola, bassoon and cello, bassoon and viola, two cellos, and two bassoons.

I wrote this piece so that musicians can have the pleasure of communicating with one another in real time, which is a necessity in times of social isolation. In the time that follows the Covid-19 pandemic (whenever that may be), this piece could be performed in a way that injects freedom in the sections marked “allow for random cacophony.”