A King's Lie

A King's Lie

Orchestration: Brassband, Fanfare
Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 13:00
Editions: Brassband (78,00 euro), Fanfare (130,00 euro)

A King's Lie was commissioned by Brassband Hombeek and dedicated to Michel Leveugle, former
conductor and chairman of Brassband Hombeek, for almost thirty years of devotion to the band.

A King's Lie is based on the story of 'Floire et Blancheflor'. Both of them grow up at the court of a
muslim King in Spain, Floire is the King's son. Even though Blancheflor is a Christian girl, they
become friends and eventually fall in love. When the King discovers this, he plots a scheme to drive
them apart. He sends the girl away, when his son is studying abroad and constructs a fake grave for her.
He then tells his son the girl is dead. Floire is desperate and decides to kill himself. The King then tells
his son the truth, Floire departs on a journey to get his Blancheflor back. He finds her at the court of an
Emir in Babylon, the girl is kept as a slave in a prisonlike tower, full of women. Floire manages to get
inside this tower and is reunited Blancheflor. But the Emir discovers the two lovers in bed and wants to
kill both of them. They get a public trial, in which a young girl stands up to their defence, she asks the
Emir to forgive them, because they are young, innocent and very much in love.

The title of the piece refers to the lie the king tells his son Floire when he says Blancheflor died and
shows Floire her fake grave. This dramatic turn in the story influenced Stan Nieuwenhuis to write this

A King's Lie is written in 3 consecutive movements, each symbolizing a part of the story. The first
movement stands for the childhood of Floire and Blancheflor at the court. The opening symbolizes the
official character of the court. After that, a more uptempo part shows the friendschip of Floire and
Blancheflor that evolves into love.

The second movement symbolizes their separation with mourning solo's for the Flugelhorn
(Blancheflor) and the Euphonium (Floire). The climax of the this second movement symbolizes
Floire's unbearable situation and his desicion to return to the court to be with Blancheflor.

In the third movement is Floire searching for Blancheflor. The chaotic part near the end of the piece
symbolizes that they get caught in the tower of the Emir and their following trial. This stops abrupt
when a little girl stands up from the crowd to ask forgiveness for the couple.

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