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by Dominic Muldowney

Grade 5.5 duration 17 minutes

     
 

I

Hey
 

II

Pavane/Waltz
  III Polka
 

IV

Waltz/Galliard
 

V

Tangos
 

VI

Break-Dance
 

Dance Suite displays a variety of historical dance forms from a twentieth century viewpoint by this composer of distinction. The six dances move forward historically from the ancient Hey, through Waltz and Polka, to the sophisticated Tango and the jazz tradition. The rhythm that typifies each dance is constantly under attack, sometimes from a different dance style altogether. These intrusive elements are most obvious in the final dance, Break Dance, and prompts the double meaning of the title.

Dance Suite was commissioned by the Colleges Consortium with the BASBWE Education Trust, and the first performance was given by Warwick University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on 25th November 1996 conducted by Colin Touchin. The piece has been performed in major venues in the UK and USA and was featured in conference programmes at BASBWE in Manchester and WASBE 2001 in Lucerne.

 

 

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