Composed for violin and piano in 1990 as a compulsory piece for the Charles De Bériot Competition, the Trois Croquis is one of his most frequently performed works, which has led him to produce a great many versions, first transcribing the violin part for many other instruments, then orchestrating the piano part for string orchestra or clarinet ensemble, and finally producing a version for quartet or quintet or string orchestra.
In the many versions of this work we find several characteristics of his language: the melodic inspiration, the expressiveness, the harmonic colours and the subtlety of the orchestration. Several recordings have been made of it.
World Premiere by Michel Debroyer on 27th March 1993 in Forest (Brussels, Belgium)
Recorded by Jean-François Chamberlan (violin) and Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie on a CD De l’Art d’Écouter : ORCW.
Ritual, An Awakening for string quartet, Trois Croquis and Samarkand for clarinet and string quartet are recorded by Bruxellensis Quartet and Ronald Van Spaendonck (clarinet) on the CD Ritual : Kalidisc KA2006.