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Dick Blackford
SYMPHONIC DANCES
Goodmusic Concert Originals Series GMCO110

Catalogue Number: GMCO110

Difficulty level: E What's this?

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ORCHESTRATION
2 Flutes (2nd Db Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (5 players: Snare Drum, Triangle, Cymbals (clashed & Suspended), Bass Drum, Wood Block, Glockenspiel, Xylophone), Harp
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

A suite of five movements first performed by the York Guildhall Orchestra in February 2014. They write: It has become a favourite with the orchestra . . . . it features beautiful, memorable folk-like melodies, clever use of countermelodies, some lovely harmonies and colourful orchestration which really make the piece come alive for players and audience alike.

This work is derived from my original "Dance Trio" for violin, clarinet and piano. My aim was to compose an easily accessible, melodious score framed within the clear rhythmic structures of dance forms. The March utilises all the characteristics of the genre; the main melody in the Sarabande was drawn from an early work for violin and orchestra; the Last Waltz developed from a tune written for my daughter; the Intermezzo although not a strict dance form, is in a strongly marked triple time; the final Reel reflects my love of Scotland and its traditional dances, the slower second subject perhaps captures the majesty of the scenery.
(Dick Blackford)

Duration 19 minutes

The audio file below is NOT a computer-generated one but an actual recording of the work played by the Guildhall Orchestra of York conducted by Simon Wright

A PACK comprises one A4 sized full score, all wind brass and percussion parts and string parts 4/4/3/4/2. An A3 sized full score is also available separately.

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