Aquila Non Capit Muscas,
by the Orchestre d’Harmonie des Gardiens de la Paix
3 Fl. (+ Picc.), 2 Ob. (+ 2 Crystal Gls),
Eng. Hn (+ Crystal Gls), 2 Bsns
(+ 2 Crystal Gls), Cl. 1-2-3 (+ 1 Whistling tube),
Bass Cl., A. Sax. 1-2, T. Sax., B. Sax., 4 Hn,
4 Tpt (+ 1 Whistling tube), 4 Trb.,
Euph. (div.), Tub. (div.), 2 Cb.,
Synth. (or E. Pno), 5 Perc.,
Carnyx (or any other early/antique nat. brass)
Level: Grade 4-5
Commissioned by the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Beaulieu-Mandeure, for their 130th anniversary.
Impressions and imagination about the antique city of Epomanduodurum (nowadays the cities of Mandeure – Mathay) and one of the largest amphitheaters during the gallo-roman period, and its evolution to the modern city of Mandeure which was an independent republic after the French Revolution, with the motto «Aquila Non Capit Muscas» (the eagle don’t take the fly).
The score doesn’t describe any particular event, but tries to create a fantasy with sound, from the stories we could imagine with this city history.
Archeological researches found, around the amphitheater, some musical instruments, sort of «trumpets» as we could find many used that time by celts or romans, to announce events and ceremonies, sometimes curved, often straights.
Here, at Epomanduodurum, they used the Carnyx (like in Tintignac in the south of France), straight trumpet with boar head (noble animal then).
One of these instruments is used in the score. As said above, because it’s about impressions and imagination, it is most possible to create another fantasy on another antique story and use another antique instrument (roman tuba, etc.).
The work will be premiered on December 15th 2019 by the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Beaulieu-Mandeure, under baton Frédéric Bouton.