Romance sans Paroles

Louis James Alfred Lef�bure-W�ly
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The French composer Louis James Alfred Lef�bure-W�ly (1817-1869) was organist at the Parisian churches of Saint-Roch, the �glise de la Madeleine, and, from 1863, Saint-Sulpice. He has been described as the Lloyd Webber of nineteenth century France, on account of the lighthearted nature of much of his music.

The tenor recorder is in the spotlight in this arrangement. The other parts (especially the basses) have many fewer notes, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be boring to play. Much skill is required to provide a sympathetic and well-timed accompaniment to the soloist. The individual quavers on the beats should be placed gently avoiding a staccato effect.

I have rewritten the tenor’s final flourish (the ad lib. in bar 85) to suit the instrument, but the original can be seen in the part.

Score ID
Louis James Alfred Lef�bure-W�ly
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Quintet of Soprano Recorders
Classical music

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