Parish Alvars: Ricordi di Napoli No.1 Serenade, op. 83
SÉRÉNADE / composée pour la / HARPE / et dédiée à son Élève / madame la comtesse / ESTERHAZY by Parish Alvars
The outstanding characteristic of the Serenade is its extensive use of harmonics. The transition to the coda is brought about by a descending chromatic scale produced by sliding the metallic part of the tuning key on the fourth octave A string, an effect invented by Parish Alavars and almost always (and inexplicably) dispensed with today. This scale terminates in a trill and an ascending scale fragment that ends with a pedal slide. Berlioz’ impression of Parish Alvars’ playing – “This is the music of another world” – can hardly be illustrated better than by this passage. An outstanding solo piece composed as all the Souvenir de Neaples in one of the happiest time of Parish Alvars life.