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LANE, Philip (1950- )
WASSAIL DANCES
Concert Originals Series GMC0047

Catalogue Number: GMCO047

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Orchestration
2 Flutes (doubling Piccolos), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb & A, 2 Bassoons
3 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 2 Trombones, Timpani, Percussion (Two players: Side drum, Bass drum, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Susp.cymbal, Clash cymbals, Triangle, Tambourine, Tam-tam), Celeste, Harp
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

These dances were commissioned and first performed by the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra conducted by Tony Hewitt-Jones in 1973. They received their first broadcast performance on BBC radio 3 in 1985 when they were performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Ashley Lawrence. A CD recording is available on the Naxos label played by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland. The three dances are based on the traditional wassail songs of, respectively, Somerset, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire. All three movements take their theme and stretch it to its rhythmic and harmonic limits, within given parameters. While the outer ones maintain the bucolic nature of the original tune, the central one is more restrained, but rather than cosily pastoral throughout, has a deliberate and decided edge to the scoring that reflects the harsher landscape of its northern origins.
Duration: 8 minutes
A PACK comprises one full score, string parts 4/4/3/4/2 and any wind, brass and percussion parts.

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