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Harlequin SuiteConcerto GrossoVol. I - Fanfare I, Buffons, MasqueComposed for flute choir by Ira-Paul SchwartzIncludes score and parts for Flute I, Flute II, Alto Flute III (or optional C Flute), Flute IV (Bass Flute), Flute 1 (Rip), Flute 2 (Rip), Flute 3 (Rip) (or optional alto flute) and Flute 4 (Rip) (or optional bass flute).The dramatic character "Harlequin," in mask and parti-colored tights, is probably the best known of the characters of Pantomine, a dramatic form dating from ancient Greece. Performed without words, the action is revealed merely by gestures, usually to the accompaniment of music. Initially a portrayal of mythological subjects, pantomine evolved into comedy during the Renaissance, a mood reflected in the suite.
Harlequin Suite, in six movements, is in the form of a concerto grosso characterized by the use of a small group of solo instruments called "concertino" against a larger group called "ripieni."