Two Bagatelles - Flexible Octet

Two Bagatelles - Flexible Octet

Printed set (Score & Parts)
[Part 1] Flute
[Part 2] Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bb Soprano Saxophone
[Part 3]
(A) Bassoon, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Baritone Saxophone
(B) Bb Tenor Saxophone, F Horn, Euphonium
[Part 4] Bb Clarinet, Bb Soprano Saxophone, Oboe
[Part 5] Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet, Eb Alto Saxophone
[Part 6] Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Eb Alto Clarinet, F Horn
[Part 7]
(A) Bb Tenor Saxophone, Bb Bass Clarinet, Euphonium, Bassoon
(B) Bb Bass Clarinet, Euphonium, Bassoon, Trombone
[Part 8] String Bass, Bassoon, Tuba, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bagatelle means a simple event. It also means a short, light piece of music. Beethoven used this form for piano. I usually base my compositions on a story or a motif, but not this time. The original was scored as an octet for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, 3 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, and Contra Bass. However, wishing it to be more accessible I adapted it to flexible instrumentation. The first movement is in 6/8 time and has a beautiful melody with harmony developing into various colors. The second movement is in 2/4 time with brisk feel. The harmony has a humorous atmosphere created by half step movements. Please enjoy these two contrasting styles.

(Tomohito Matsushita)