Allégresse for recorder quartet and harpsichord will be premiered by Dulcis Venti and harpsichordist Francis Knights at the Headgate Theatre, Colchester on Saturday 4th June! It has been selected as part of one of Colchester New Music’s regular calls for scores. For more information see the Colchester New Music website.


Allégresse is about excitement and energy, brightness and light. After short sparks of chords, the main melody soars above. The recorder quartet maintains an excited edge, while the harpsichord almost seems to be holding back until the excitement finally catches hold too. The quirky feel of the 5/8 time signature alongside the occasional different bar maintain the pace and air of uncertainty as the music flies by.


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