Pacific Quintet: Jean Françaix – Wind Quintet no. 1, II. Presto
“musique pour faire plaisir”
Music that gives pleasure. This is exactly what the neoclassicist Jean Françaix wanted to compose. Humour was therefore an important part of his compositions - and not only: in almost all photos you can see Françaix smiling.
Deeply rooted in the french tradition, he was rather sceptical about the development of modern music, followed classical diatonicism and, among other things, oriented himself particularly towards Mozart's formal style. But Françaix always had the ambition to challenge his own intellect as best as possible in his works and he also had this desire for his audience. Thanks to his gift of empathy for the strengths of each instrument, each voice of his works can always stand out as a soloist, even if it does not have a soloist's role in the sense - well heard in his wind quintet no.1.
This quintet is music that is not only fun to listen to, but also to play - despite musical challenges. This is how it describes the pacific quintet. For them, the Presto is a charming dance with very different facets: lightness and speed, but also flirts and tango. Perhaps you can see Françaix smiling slightly in heaven when you hear this fitting description of the young musicians.