French pianist, arranger, composer and conductor, Jean-Michel Defaye (b. 1932) entered the Paris Conservatoire at the mere age of ten years old. His successful compositions and arrangements were mainly for brass, À La Manière De Vivaldi, composed in 2002 for Trombone and Piano, being no exception.
With a typical performance lasting about four minutes, Defaye's À La Manière De Vivaldi reflects the compositional techniques of Antonio Vivaldi by use of contrapuntal textures, modulations to related keys, long and even quaver and semiquaver melodic passages, syncopation and contrasts in dynamics. Defaye's passion to explore a variety of preceding composers is clear with À La Manière De Vivaldi being a part of a series which explores the music of many great composers. For all aspiring trombonists wishing to vary and expand their repertoire, À La Manière De Vivaldi by Jean-Michel Defaye is essential.