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1845 - 1924

Papillon, Op. 77

arranged by Mark Starr
for violin solo and string orchestra
from Fauré original for cello and piano

link to biography of Fauré

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Fauré  composed Papillon (Butterfly) for cello and piano as a virtuoso showpiece for cellist Pablo Casals, to whom the work is dedicated.  Perhaps Casals was able to perform it with the lightness and delicacy that one associates with a butterfly.  But in the hands of most cellists who perform it, Papillon usually comes off more like a giant hummingbird.  When played allegro vivo as indicated, the perpetual 16th notes sound rough and ponderous on the cello, expecially those in the low register.  Fauré marked the cello part pianissimo sempre -- but it is a rare cellist indeed who can accomplish that technical feat.

For all those reasons, Mark Starr has transcribed the solo part for the violin, and orchestrated the accompaniment for string orchestra.

This is a virtuoso showpiece, especially suited as an encore for a violinist appearing in concert with string orchestra or chamber orchestra. 

The full score for Mark Starr's arrangement of Gabriel Fauré's Papillon for violin solo and string orchestra is available online for perusal, audition, purchase, downloading and printing. Here is a link to the full score:
Strings parts are available on rental from Noteworthy Musical Editions for public performances and/or commercial recordings.

In addition, a reduction of Mark Starr's arrangement for violin and piano is available on
www.sibeliusmusic.com for perusal, audition, purchase, download and printing.  A detached part for violin is also available.

Here is a link to the reduction for violin and piano: