Gulliver Suite (Intrada-Suite 'Gulliver's Travels')
Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann
for 2 Flutes (with alternate parts for alto flutes)
Arranged by Jeffrey Beyer
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score, C flute parts, and alto flute parts
This edition includes parts transposed for G flutes, such that any combination of flutes can be used. The Lilliputians can be piccolos, and the Brobdingnagians a pair of contra flutes. Or perhaps the opposite! Feel free to experiment, mix and match all you like!
II. Lilliputian Chaconne (Lilliputsche Chaconne)
III. Brobdingnagian Gigue (Brobdingnagische Gigue)
IV. Reverie of the Laputans and their attendant flappers (Reverie der Laputier, nebst ihren Aufweckern)
V. Loure of the well-mannered Houyhnhnms | Wild Dance of the untamed Yahoos (Loure der gesitteten Houyhnhnms | Furie der unartigen Yahoos)
Georg Philipp Telemann's (1681-1767) Gulliver Suite, was composed only two years after the first publication of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in 1726. In the suite, Telemann embraces Swift's satire by emulating the characters in a variety of musical ways.
The opening movement, Intrada, is bold and stately, depicting Gulliver embarking on his journey. The Lilliputain Chaconne, with the 32nd-note receiving the beat, is meant to portray the tiny people who live on the island of Lilliput. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Brobdingnagian Gigue, this time the whole note receiving the beat, depcits the colossal occupants of Brobdingnag. Even to a non-musician, the connection between the music and the story for the chaconne and gigue should be pretty apparent. In the Reverie of the Laputans and their attendant flappers, the slower and quieter phrases represent the daydreaming Laputans, who are renowned for their short attention spans, while the louder outbursts represent the flappers which they use to regain focus. Much flexibility can be taken in regards to the tempo for this movement. Lastly, the Loure of the well-mannered Houyhnhnms and the Wild Dance of the untamed Yahoos are two contrasting dances which Telemann layers on top of each other, interpreting the relationship of the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos.