Tendresse (Dolly Suite no. 5)

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

Gabriel Fauré
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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, and each of the pieces has a slightly different association with childhood.

In “Tendresse” Faure introduces more chromatic harmonies, used in his later works. As its name and its key of D flat suggests, the music here seems to express deep and shifting emotions associated with intimate relationships, while retaining a sense of calm and comfort throughout.

Score ID
Gabriel Fauré
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Wind quintet
Classical music
Instrumental parts

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