Richard Danielpour spent the early summer of 2001 in the medieval village of Villecroze in southern France. As Night Falls on Barjeantane
was inspired and conceived there by the beauty of its setting, with fantastic views of the Provence Alps and the Côte d'Azur. Barjeantane, included in the title of the work, is the name of a house on the grounds of the Acadmie. Danielpour commented, the period of twilight-dusk to darkness in the south of France is particularly long and beautiful in summer. This work is an evocation of that period in such a place.
Commissioned by the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, As Night Falls on Barjeantane
was performed in the semi-finals by every contestant. The work is dedicated to Anne Postel-Vinay, president of the Fondation de Treilles and the Acadmie musicale de Villecroze. She is also the granddaughter of Anne Gruner Schlumberger, who founded the two organizations in 1989.
As Night Falls on Barjeantane
opens with a brief, somewhat dramatic piano introduction. The shimmering vocal quality found in As Night Falls on Barjeantane is particularly suited to the inherent character of the violin. At the sublime violin entrance, the melody is doubled by the piano with octaves. Simple, distant, subtle, yet beautiful, the violin theme sets the tone for the entire work, the main melody returning several times during the piece. Poignancy is also a predominating character throughout the work. In the end, mystery triumphs as the music quietly fades away into the distance.
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