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Firedance by Guy Woolfenden

Firedance was commissioned by Warwick Castle for one of its celebrated annual fireworks concerts at the Warwick and Leamington Festival. The first performance was given by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins on July 1st 2000.

Keith Allen, musical director of Birmingham Symphonic Winds, heard the piece at Warwick Castle, and commissioned a new arrangement for BSW’s 10th anniversary concert on 16th November 2002 at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham, when it was conducted by the composer.

Firedance starts with jagged rhythms in a minor tonality, and apart from a final accelerando, keeps the same pulse for its near ten-minute span, becoming gradually more celebratory, major-key and melodic.

This new version for concert band is dedicated to all members of Birmingham Symphonic Winds with great affection.

GW

Firedance

Composer

Guy Woolfenden

Duration

10 minutes

Grade

USA Band Grade 5

Date of publication

2002

First performance

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Centre, Birmingham
16th November 2002
Birmingham Symphonic Winds conducted by Guy Woolfenden

Commissioner

Birmingham Symphonic Winds and BASBWE Education Trust, which gratefully
acknowledges financial support from the PRS Foundation and the Holst Foundation

Recording

Mark Records 4915 MCD Midwest Clinic 2003
Birmingham Symphonic Winds conducted by Guy Woolfenden

Dinmore Records DRD 272 world-wide-woolfenden
Birmingham Symphonic Winds conducted by Keith Allen

ISMN
  • 979-0-57009-722-7 [Complete set]
  • 979-0-57009-723-4 [Full score]
No. of Pages

61

Instrumentation

Wind Orchestra

Full instrumentation
Full score (1) TIMPANI
Piccolo (1) 3 Pedal Drums
Flute 1 (3)
Flute 2 (3) PERCUSSION 1
Oboe 1 (1) Glockenspiel
Oboe 2 (1) Tubular Bells
Cor Anglais (1) Xylophone
Eb Clarinet (1) Xylophone
Bb Clarinet 1 (3)
Bb Clarinet 2 (3) PERCUSSION 2
Bb Clarinet 3 (3) Side Drum
Bb Bass Clarinet (2) Suspended Cymbal
Bassoon 1 (1) Tom Toms
Bassoon 2 (1) Triangle
Contrabassoon (1)
Eb Alto Saxophone 1 (1) PERCUSSION 3
Eb Alto Saxophone 2 (1) Bass Drum
Bb Tenor Saxophone (1) Suspended Cymbal
Eb Baritone Saxophone (1)
Bb Trumpet 1 (2) Alternative transpositions supplied:
Bb Trumpet 2 (2) Eb Horn 1 (1)
Bb Trumpet 3 (2) Eb Horn 2 (1)
F Horn 1 (1) Eb Horn 3 (1)
F Horn 2 (1) Eb Horn 4 (1)
F Horn 3 (1) Bb Trombone 1 TC (1)
F Horn 4 (1) Bb Trombone 2 TC (1)
Trombone 1 (1) Bass Trombone TC (1)
Trombone 2 (1) Bb Euphonium 1 TC (1)
Bass Trombone (1) Bb Euphonium 2 TC (1)
Euphonium 1 (1) Bb Bass TC (1)
Euphonium 2 (1) Bb Trombone 1 BC (1)
Tuba (4) Bb Trombone 2 BC (1)
String Bass (1) Bass Trombone BC (1)
Timpani (1) Bb Baritone 1 BC (1)
Percussion 1 (1) Bb Baritone 2 BC (1)
Percussion 2 (1) Eb Bass TC (1)
Percussion 3 (1) Eb Bass BC (1)
Bb Bass BC (1)

Press & Public Reviews

Guy Woolfenden’s Firedance, with its witty, vital writing, provided the perfect premiere for the occasion. Conducted by the composer, it opened with a busy angular texture, beating drums and brass evoking the urgent thrills of a classic Western, before relaxing into quirky dance-like rhythms and pastoralism from woodwind, with a touch of heroism from horns and some glorious tumult.

Clare Mackney, Birmingham Post

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