The Dictator's Apprentice, op. 2
The Dictator's Apprentice is the first work for orchestra composed by Romain Corbisier. The first version of it is from 2007 and was written for a very large orchestra. The new 2018 version is for more standardized orchestra but does not modify the initial intentions.
It is a symphonic poem in which a man is dreaming of greatness and absolute power. But nothing happens as planned... and we discover a ridiculous man who is not as great as his aspirations. His thirst for power is ridiculed in many different situations that build the piece. The form is a rondo preceded by an introduction.
- Title: The Dictator's Apprentice - symphonic poem n°1, op. 2 (original title: L'Apprenti Dictateur - poème symphonique n°1, op.2)
- Year of composition: 2009 (first version) - 2018 (new version)
- Duration: 21 minutes
- Instrumentation: 3 Flutes (including Piccolo), 3 Oboes (including English Horn), 3 Clarinets in B (including Bass Clarinet), 2 Bassoons, 1 Contrabassoon, 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in B, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussions, Harp, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Doublebass
The score of The Dictator's Apprentice, op. 2 is not available. A new edition will be released in 2023.