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Chansons des quais (Songs of the Waterfront)

Cycle for soprano, male quartet, and chamber ensemble. Conceived by Kim H. Kowalke, edited by John Baxindine. Lyrics by Jacques Deval.

Work Details


32 minutes

First Performance

12 March 2017, Dessau, Kurt Weill Fest, Ensemble Modern, Ute Gfrerer and ensemble amarcord, vocalists, HK Gruber, cond.

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  • Introduction (from Suite panaméenne)
  • Le Roi d'Aquitaine
  • Intermezzo
  • Les filles de Bordeaux
  • Marche de l'armée panaméenne
  • J'attends un navire
  • Tango habanera
  • Le grand Lustucru
  • Scène au dancing
  • Le train du Ciel

  • Instrumentation

    • Soprano
    • Male Quartet
    • Alto saxophone (cl)
    • Alto saxophone (fl)
    • Tenor saxophone (soprano sax, alto sax)
    • 2 Trumpets
    • Trombone
    • Piano
    • Guitar (banjo)
    • Percussion
    • 2 Violins
    • Viola
    • Bass

  • Marie Galante 1934

    Play with music in two acts. Book and lyrics by Jacques Deval.

    Florelle as Marie and Alcover as Staub, from the original production, 1934.
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  • Suite panaméenne (Panamanian Suite) 1934

    Instrumental suite from Marie galante. Tango (first movement) reconstructed by HK Gruber.

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