Honegger’s Danse de la chèvre (‘The Goat Dance’, ), dedicated to René Le Roy, shares Tailleferre’s interest in matters pastoral. A languorous, mysterious. Download La Danse de la Chèvre, H 39 by Arthur Honegger for free from Buy Danse de La Chevre (Flute Solo Unaccompanied at Flute Sheet Music. Arthur Honegger – Editions Salabert, Inc. Danse de La Chevre.

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Perhaps it is a dream. Perhaps it is a commentary regarding the circular nature of life and our search for perfection within chaos. Like the movie Happy Feet, I believe that this piece wants to show us that it is okay march to the beat of our cyevre drum because regardless of our identities, we are all searching for something to love.

The song and dance we perform for the world simply represents who we want to be but our values create who we are and stick with us throughout our lives. First let us examine some basic biographical information about the composer and the piece. In he was married to fellow Paris Conservatory student and pianist Andree Vaurabourg on the condition that they live in separate apartments Strange, right…but the best artist are often eccentrics.

It was probably for the best. Honegger was primarily known as member of Les Six and best known for his orchestral work, Pacific which was inspired by the sound of a steam locomotive. For me they are living creatures and I love them as others love women or horses. Honegger died at his home in Paris of a heart attack on November 27, This piece is available for purchase from Amazon: Introduction — Sets up a unusual scene emphasizing minor 3rds and interconnected 4ths that distort the tonal center of the piece impressionistic, Debussy-esque opening.


In fact, the piece opens with a tritone! Something is not quite right about the this scene…The upcoming dance is foreshadowed in measure 7 in the lower octave as the goat attempts his first dance steps. This goat wants to dance in Bb minor — not whine in minor 3rds and strange interconnected 4ths. This section represents the goat finding his identity, or his dance, through trial and error.

This is the light bulb moment when the uncertainty of the introduction and the chaos of the dance give way to simplicity and beauty. The D Major melody is straight forward and uses hints of the dance rhythm from the previous section in a different tempo and style. Here were find the only appearance of grace notes in the work on the 3rd beats of measure 35 and again in measure 37 the impending recollection section also contains grace notes in measure This section represents the moment that the goat has fallen in love.

The dramatic dance and downfall. B Section abbreviated mm. Return of the dance. C Section abbreviated mm. Return of the major melody, this time transposed to F major.

Like the previous abbreviated B section, this repetition uses dynamics to musically fade out of the texture. Again, this is a musical recollection of previous compositional material.

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B Section recollection mm. This is simply the same Bb minor chord from the end of the original B section mm. Bb minor was the key that the goat was searching for in the beginning of the piece but did not fully appreciate when he had found it measure A Section mm The piece ends the same way it begins with a tritone and series of interconnected 4ths and closes with an ethereal C harmonic tone.


A return to the uncertainty of the surrounding environment.

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My interpretation of this circular form is that the piece represents the cyclical nature of life. Of course another interpretation based on an analysis of the form is that the goat is merely dreaming and the different sections represent scenes in the dream.

As the dream concludes, the goat begins to wake but recollections of his dream still dance in his head. The return of the A section brings us through the clouds again as the goat awakens from his dream.

The final C harmonic represents the moment the goat awakens from his dream. What do you think this piece represents based on the formal analysis?

Do you have a story about this goat that you use to interpret the work? Do you think this piece is about life in general or a dream of chevrf You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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