Folksongs for Band, Set 2
Subtitle: A Leadsman, Landsmen, and Dancers
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None discovered thus far.
The four-movement Set 2, subtitle A Leadsman, Landsmen and Dancers, was premiered by Nigel Taylor and the Harmonie '84 at the 1984 BASBWE Conference in Manchester, England. The suite begins with a boisterous description of The Jolly Sailor, and continues with O Shepherd, Won't You Come Home?, a slow and intensely lyrical reference to the countryside. In the Rufford Park Poachers, Stanhope quotes from Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy but ends with a "sadder: B-flat minor.
The final movement, The Keel Row, is sometimes performed independently as an encore. Here the composer seeks to depict a spontaneous folk dance for the musical as well as the not-so-musical. The dance begins quietly with a drone of bagpipes but soon proceeds to a hectic free-for-all. Major participants include a very large gentleman who staggers and falls; musicians who are thrown off balance when the stage collapses; a small party of troublesome individuals who burst into the main area singing loudly and are booed, punched, and hustled out; and the village trumpet virtuoso who seizes the chance to show off. The latter's final flourish starts the dance again, the tempo accelerates, and all the dancers spread out into a vast circle for the final verse. Suddenly, a loud tambourine bangs knocks everyone to the floor and the dance ends.
- Program Note from Program Notes for band
Dedicated to the memory of Percy Grainger.
- Program Note from score
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Ohlone Wind Ensemble (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 25 March 2018
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 23 February 2014
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Australian Fantasia
- The Bold Benjamin (1997)
- Concerto for Band (1990/2016)
- Demon, The
- Droylsden Wakes
- Folksongs for Band, Set 1
- Folksongs for Band, Set 2 (1984/1991)
- Folksongs for Band, Set 3 (1990/2001)
- Grand Fanfare (stanhope)
- The Little Ripper March (1989/2001)
- Olympic Fireworks (2001/2016)
- On a Bright Sunlit Morning
- Promenade (Stanhope) (2003)
- Retreat and Pumping Song (1979/1995/2001/2016)
- Songs Without Words
- Southern Cross Fanfare
- Symphony No. 1
- David Stanhope website
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 561.
- Stanhope, D. (1991). Folk Songs : For Band, Set 2 : A Leadsman, Landsmen, and Dancers [score]. Novello: London.