Two Movements from Harlequinade

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Sadie Harrison writes: 'The Harlequinade was a popular theatrical spectacle developed in England during the 17th-century. Its story revolves around a comic incident in the lives of its five main characters.: Harlequin, who loves Columbine, her greedy father Pantaloon, who tries to separate the lovers in league with the mischievous Clown, and the servant Pierrot. The productions were full of slapstick, acrobatics, dancing and magical effects. These miniatures draw on some key moments in the drama.

1. 'Here We Are Again!' are the only spoken words, uttered by the Clown at the start of the Harlequinade. The music is fast, with off-beat pizzicato and irregular rhythms suggesting the comic nature of the character.

2. Pantaloon's Lament is a slow, ponderous movement in which Pantaloon expresses his thoughts on the seriousness of life. The opening bar is repeated throughout the piece, with additional lines gradually added to create a five-part texture.

Harlequinade is originally for double bass and piano and this new edition for two double basses and piano was completed by the composer in early 2013 and was premiered on Tuesday 6 August 2013 at the Silk Mill (Frome, Somerset, UK) as part of Bass-Fest 2013, by Richard Dunn (double bass), David Heyes (double bass) and Sadie Harrison (piano).

Pantaloon's Lament works in the original version for double bass (lower line) and piano, for two double bass and piano, for solo double bass (upper part) and piano or for two double basses without piano accompaniment.

Sadie Harrison was born in Adelaide, Australia, moving to England in 1970 where she undertook composition studies with Nicola Lefanu gaining her Phd at Kings College, London. Sadie's music has been played internationally in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival hall, Barbican and Lithuanian National Philharmonic by some of the world's leading performers. Her music has been released to critical acclaim on Sargasso, BML, Metier, NMC and Clarinet Classics and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and in Eastern Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, America, Lithuania, the Netherlands and elsewehere.

Recent projects include works for the Edinburgh Fringe, ABRSM Spectrum series, a Violin Concerto for Rusne Mataityte, and a song cycle for Paul Carey-Jones, chamber music for Fiona Cross, Duncan Honeybourne, David Heyes, the Scottish Clarinet Quartet, and Peter Sheppard Skaerved for performance in 2012. Sadie's music is published by UYMP (University of York Music Press) and Recital Music.

'...rhythm and lyricism held in perfect balance.' (Gramophone)

'...a compelling, distinctive and passionate compositional voice.' (Tempo)

'...this is distinctive, pungent music that demands close attention.' (The Guardian)

'...a fluent, thoughtfully poetic language' (The Sunday Times)


  • 1. 'Here We Are Again!' (Clown)
  • 2. Pantaloon's Lament

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Cat No. RM630
Supplier Code RM630
Price £8.50
ComposerSadie Harrison
CategoriesDouble Bass Duet
Two Double Basses & Piano
Difficulty level6, 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-630-7
EAN-13 9790570456307
Weight 98 grams
Published 10th December 2013
Availability 6 in stock
See also...
RM505  Theo's Lullaby (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM506  Harlequinade (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)
RM629  Theo's Lullaby (Version 2)