Louis Sclavis: Duguesclin




Louis Sclavis (bass clarinet)


(Best of) Chine / Chamber Music (Label Bleu LBLC 6656)

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Louis Sclavis (bass clarinet),

François Raulin (keyboards), Bruno Chevillon (bass), Christian Ville (drums, percussion)


Composed by Louis Sclavis


Recorded: Paris, July and September 1987


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Du Guesclin was a French knight from the Middle Ages, and the title of the tune must be related to the idea Sclavis has of him, since the melody vaguely alludes to medieval songs. But it will take almost half of the track before it is heard, since the bass clarinet first plays a long, partly oriental intro on a repetitive beat by the bass and drums. A typical way to build a heavy tension, then released during an upbeat ad-lib part, where keyboards and reeds interact in a rather abstract manner before the melody is restated. This was more or less Sclavis's hit tune at the end of the '80s, and it may sound a bit outdated now. But still, it shows the budding compositional skills of one of the most highly regarded European musicians.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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