Clarice Assad


(2024) Petite Suite

Commissioned by Camerata Pacifica | For Accordion, Percussion, Cello and Clarinet

“Petite Suite,” commissioned by the Camerata Pacifica,  blends Parisian chanson, Brazilian music, and jazz elements to create a work that uplifts the spirit and offers a moment of respite and joy during troubling times.  The suite consists of five short movements, each evoking a distinct emotion and atmosphere. “Etroitement lié” (Tightly Bound) opens with infectious energy and intricate rhythms. “Chanson D’un Amour perdu” (Song of a Lost Love) shifts to a mood of tender nostalgia and longing. “Arc-en-Ciel” (Rainbow) bursts with quirky freedom and joy. “La valse de Juju” (Juju’s Waltz), a melody crafted by Assad’s younger sister Julia when they lived together in France,  exudes innocence and sweetness. The final movement, “Chanson brésilienne” (Brazilian Song), celebrates the composer’s Brazilian heritage with vibrant rhythms and joyous melodies. The musicians’ versatility shines throughout the piece, with the accordion adding a unique and enchanting sound to this unique combination of instruments.

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