Three Dances for clarinet
choir was commissioned by the British
Federation of Music Festivals for the clarinet course at its summer
school in 1985. It is dedicated to John Reynolds, who conducted the
first performance in Harrogate in July 1985, with grateful thanks for
his encouragement and advice.
The first dance, with its many changes
of metre and infectious rhythms, is based on a dance originally
sketched for the masque in an abandoned production of Troilus
and Cressida. The second and third movements are extended
reworkings of two dances from The Winter’s Tale:
the gentle dance of the lovers, Perdita and Florizel, is followed
without a break by the rumbustious Dance of the Satyrs.