Godefroid, F. – Mélodie Arabe


Genre: Romantic
Difficulty: 5-6
Pages: 6

Mélodie Arabe is one of the typical exotic pieces composed by the well-traveled Godefroid. The Andantino introduction starts in an improvisational mood, with short melismatic motives that usher in the main Allegretto section, where the tune, now proceeding at the chosen tempo, is supported by a busy 16th-note left hand accompaniment. By the third page, a new layer is added to the texture, and the left hand must reach over the right to continue the accompanying pattern two octaves above. Cadenza-like passages with cross-fingering and interesting combinations of harmonics add variety. A facsimile edition.

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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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