Written as an interlude for a program of Debussy piano preludes arranged for flute orchestra, L’apres-midi d’un toreador mockingly sports a drunken Debussy, whose frustration over the succes of his younger colleague Igor Stravinsky knows no end. After all, the scandal surrounding the reception of Debussy’s Jeux was completely eclipsed a month later by the premiere of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps. Inspired by Debussy’s Iberia, Vleggaar mixes wholenote-scales, Sacre-quotes and Spanish bravado to a doomed climax – Debussy imagining being a bullfighter, Hemingway avant la lettre, yet ending up ungraciously in a drunken stupor on the sidewalk.

  • Instrumentation: Flute Orchestra