Godefroid, F. – Marche triomphale du roi David, op. 194


Genre: Romantic
Difficulty: 10
Pages: 19

This long and grandiose solo piece is shaped like a miniature French grand opera, with big gestures and multiple scene and mood changes. It shows Félix Godefroid, the composer-performer, at the top of his game toward the end of his touring career. Its programmatic content is presented very effectively: you can hear the story unfold with trumpets blaring, horses held to attention and the parade moving toward the temple, climaxing into prayer…. Every effect in Godefroid’s formidable technical arsenal, from the use of synonym notes to harmonics, is used to portray King David in action and build the emotional intensity of the drama.

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Godefroid Marche triomphale du roi David, op. 194
King David’s Triumphal March

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Félix Godefroid (1818-1897) was the best-known concert harpist in France during the romantic era, in the wake of virtuosos like cellist Servais and violinist Bériot. While most of his works were formidable pieces for his own recitals, in his old age he also composed some delightful, easier gems for his students. Several of those are gathered in the two books of Pensées musicales. Heart-felt and uplifting, Godefroid’s musical writing reveals his propensity for melody (also in a strong left hand) and capacity for creating enchantment with the simplest devices. Celia Chan Valerio’s CD, released in honor of the bicentenary of his birth, provides a great introduction to this lost fairy-tale world.

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