The atmospheric Pastorale is followed
by a Waltz, the main melody of which is based on 'N’aï pas iéu de mïo'
from The Songs of the Auvergne. The finale, Scène
et Marche is the most substantial movement and provides ample
opportunities for each instrument to shine. The unmistakable Gallic
slant to the melodic material and the general feeling of “joie de
vivre” which characterises Suite Française no
doubt betrays its origins in music researched and composed by Guy
Woolfenden for two very different, but very “French” productions of Love’s
Labour’s Lost for the Royal Shakespeare Company.