KALEIDOSCOPE, 6 short pieces for small Orchestra,
Op. 19a (1946)
1 (pic). 1.1.1.-188.8.131.52.-Tp. Perc. Hp, Str.
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.
Rental Agent: G. Schirmer, Inc.
In 1946 Rozsa wrote a set of six short piano pieces
for his two small children (three pieces each); later he
scored them for smallish orchestra. In 1986 they
achieved a third incarnation - Jonathan Snowden
needed something to play as a 'fill-up' to the solo flute
sonata, so the composer and Christopher Palmer
collaborated on a transcription. The flute has an air of child-like innocence which makes it
well suited to this kind of music. The pieces, though easy to listen to
are devoid of
condescension and are by turns lively, witty (in
'Zingara' the piano imitates the cimbalom) and
unsentimentally warm (in lullaby').
Rozsa had already written a piece called 'First Sailor's Dance', a piano piece, real rustic, Hungarian stuff. that became the closing tune of Kaleidoscope, the 'Burlesque'. --------------------
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