The Boeuf chronicles, Pt. 14
Cycle II ends with a mystery.25 June 2002
The Waltz Dream by George Grosz
The first cycle of Le Boeuf sur le Toit concluded with tune no. 7. Now, with clock-like precision, tune no. 14 brings the second cycle to a close.
1. Gaścho [Corta-Jaca] (section A)
2. Flor do Abacate (section A)
1. Tristeza de Caboclo (sections A+B)
2. Maricota, Sai da Chuva (section A)
1. Carioca (section A) + Escovado (section A)
2. Escovado (section A) + Carioca (section A)
1. Ferramenta (section A)
2. Waltz [unknown no. 1]
Tune No. 14: Waltz (unidentified)
As in Cycle I, the fourth iteration of the rondo theme in Cycle II is followed by Ernesto Nazareths Ferramenta, which in turn yields to another tune before the third cycle begins.
This final tune of the cycle is a lovely waltz, still unidentified. In Cocteaus ballet it accompanied the policemans dance and is therefore known as La Danse du Policeman. In Louis de Froments recording of Le Boeuf sur le Toit, the waltz begins at 7:26 minutes.
It has been suggested by several musicologists and musicians that La Danse du Policeman contains a quotation from Chopins Barcarolle. Pianist and composer Glenn Jenks provides a precise orientation:
The quote from Chopin is from bar 15 of the Barcarolle and it occurs in Le Boeuf 5 bars before rehearsal letter Q in the four-handed piano score, primo part (LH), just at the end of the first half of the unidentified waltz (Danse du Policeman). I can hear it in the orchestral score as well. Listen for parallel sixths.
Im afraid this will be the shortest of the Boeuf chronicles. With luck, some reader might stumble upon this page and solve the mystery.
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