1. Lull Me Beyond Thee - c. 2:55
2. Catching of Quails - c. 1:55
3. My Lady's Rest - c. 5:00
4. Quodling's Delight - c. 4:30
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
String Bass (five-string bass required)
Percussion (3 players), including:
- Bass Drum
- Cymbal (crash and suspended)
- Side Drum
- Mark Tree
- Sleigh Bells
None discovered thus far.
The term "danceries" can be found in a copy of Playford's Dancing Master, an extensive collection of folk and popular tunes of the seventeenth century (and no doubt earlier). This publication was used by master fiddle players to teach the various dance steps of the day to a nobleman's house or a king's court. Whilst this present set of 'danceries' cannot be said to be an aid to terpsichorean agility, I do hope that it will at least set feet tapping.
The melodies themselves are a mixture of new and old -- well, nearly. Where old occurs, it has been adapted in mood and composition and is often interspersed with completely new material. The harmonies and rhythms bring a breath of the new into these themes and add to the drama of the set.
Movement I: Lull me beyond thee: Gentle and lilting, almost a barcarole, this movement is very much a reverie. The original tune had the name 'Poor Robin's Maggot' -- a rather disconcerting title; maggot however, in seventeenth-century parlance, meant 'whim' or 'fancy.' This theme can also be found in The Beggar's Opera by John Gay (first performed in 1728) under the title "Would you have a young lady?" (Air 21).
Movement II: Catching of Quails: A colourfully buoyant scherzo on an original melody. The thematic material is shuttled around through the band to contrast with full-bodied tuttis. The last few bars fade away almost to nothing, it seems, until a final surprise!
Movement III: My Lady's Rest: A rather tender pavane, also on an original theme, with Moorish leanings. Solos for principal winds and brass with warmer tutti passages. The movement culminates with a final presentation of the theme before evaporating in held flute and trumpet chords.
Movement IV: Quodling's Delight: The final movement to the set combining one of the melodies from Playford's Dancing Master (under the title "Goddesses,' here theme 1) with an original contrasting melody (theme 2). A dramatic and exuberant ending to this first set of Danceries.
- Program Note by Kenneth Hesketh
- Louisiana: IV
- Virginia: VI
- Alabama: V
- Michigan: V
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Susan Evans, conductor) – 14 November 2019
- Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches) Wind Symphony (Jeffrey C. Mathews, conductor) – 10 July 2019 - WASBE Conference (Buñol, Spain)
- Knightwind Ensemble (Milwaukee, Wisc.) (Erik N. Janners, conductor) – 10 February 2019
- The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 7 February 2019
- State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (Joshua Roach, conductor) – 4 October 2018
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 18 September 2018
- University of Leeds (England) Symphonic Wind Orchestra (Jacob Smith, conductor) – 19 May 2017
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 12 April 2017
- Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN) Wind Symphony (Ken Parsons, conductor) – 9 October 2016
- Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 29 April 2016
- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 19 June 2013
- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) - 7 June 2013
- Philharmonic Youth Winds (Adrian Chiang, conductor) - 30 December 2011
- University of Kentucky Symphony Band (Michael Hudson, conductor) -March 2014
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Autumn's Elegy (2013)
- Danceries (1999)
- Danceries (Set II)
- Diaghilev Dances (2002)
- Festive Overture, A
- Gilded Theatre, The
- In Ictu Oculi (2015)
- Infernal Ride (2003)
- Vranjanka (2005)
- Whirlegigg (2003)
- Heron, Mark. Kenneth Hesketh's Danceries A Guide to Rehearsal and Performance Winds Magazine.
- Hesketh, K. (2001). Danceries [score]. Faber Music: London.]
- Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 603-622