Pierrot et Colombine

by Carlos Franzetti

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1. Pierrot et Colombine
2. Circus de Arrabal
3. Arlequin
4. Pantaloun the Illusionist
5. Harlequin Meets Colombine
6. Moonstruck Pierrot
7. Pierrot and the Moon
8. Pantomime
9. Ménage à trois
10. Pierrot sans Colombine
11. Masquerade
12. End of Affair
13. Circus Caravan
14. High Wire Waltz
15. Luna
16. Pas de deux
17. Zingaros
18. Pierrot's Farewell

CD Quality - 16 bit / 44.1 khz

There have been many literary characters who have inspired composers throughout the history of Western music. There haven’t been many inspiring composers and writers from a date as far back as the 16th century.

For his new Sunnyside recording, Pierrot et Colombine, Argentinean composer/pianist Carlos Franzetti decided to musically portray the popular literary figures of Pierrot and Colombine originating from the Commedia dell’Arte.

The character of Pierrot has generally appeared as a sad clown or buffoon in love with the enchanting Colombine, who in turn was pursued by the evil Harlequin. The three characters meet in the midst of a love triangle that eventually ends in disappointments for the lovelorn Pierrot.

The characters of Pierrot and Colombine have appeared frequently in the arts. The names have changed frequently but the story has remained the same. In music, their story has been represented in Stravinsky’s Petrushka while Fellini has portrayed the tale on film in La Strada.

To tell the story of Pierrot and Colombine, Franzetti employed an eclectic small ensemble of Argentinean and United States based musicians who were able to capture the distinctly European elements of Franzetti’s compositions. The ensemble featured pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti, violinist Leonardo Suarez Paz, clarinetist/alto saxophonist Andy Fusco, bassist Pietro Cardona and Franzetti himself on Hohner melodica.

Franzetti also wrote five pieces for string orchestra, which are beautifully arranged and expressive. “Pierrot and the Moon,” “Pierrot sans Colombine,” “High Wire Waltz,” “Zingaro” and “Pierrot’s Farewell” displayed Franzetti’s deft ability to write and arrange for classical ensembles as well as smaller jazz ensembles.

The music was written to tell the familiar story of love and heartbreak, through Pierrot’s meeting Colombine and up until the characters’ final disappointment. The compositions echo the mood and sensuality that mark the trist between the three lovers.

Pierrot et Colombine has provided a beautiful example of the romantic musical language of the tremendously talented and diverse composer Carlos Franzetti.

credits

released September 25, 2012

Carlos Franzetti - arranger, conductor, Hohner Melodica
Allison Brewster Franzetti - piano
Leonardo Suarez Paz - violin
Andy Fusco - clarinet, alto sax
Pietro Cardona - bass

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