Bass Clarinet in B^b part from Le Jardin de Dolly (Dolly Suite no. 3)

arranged for wind quintet from the original piano duet (revised June 2017)

Gabriel Fauré
3 minutes
Classical music
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Faure’s piano duet entitled “Dolly Suite” is here arranged by Philip Le Bas for a wind quintet with a difference: the clarinettist is asked play bass clarinet in this movement. It gives the music more sonority and allows the arranger more opportunity to bring out Faure’s sumptuous harmonies. “Dolly” was the nickname of the baby daughter of Emma Bardac, with whom Faure had a long-running affair.

“Le Jardin de Dolly” is regarded by some as the best piece in the collection, with its gorgeous tune and unexpected harmonies, creating an impressionistic picture of a beautiful, peaceful French garden.

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