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Ancient Dialogue

From Wind Repertory Project

Patrick Burns


General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $66.00   |   Score - $6.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:


  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Ancient Dialogue is based on “Baises Moy” (“Kiss Me”), a French folk tune dating back to the 15th century. Several composers of the Renaissance, most notably Josquin des Pres, used this melody as the basis of other compositions, both sacred and secular. The text attached to the original melody represents a conversation between a young man and a young woman in which the young man makes an eloquent attempt to steal a kiss from his girlfriend, but she politely refuses. The young man is determined to not give up so easily, so he presses the issue. In the end however, the young woman offers her reason for denying her lover a kiss. The music in this setting is sometimes insistent and determined, and at other times pleading and gentle, reflecting the changing nature of what surely must have been a much longer conversation than the translation of the original text suggests:

“Kiss me, sweet friend. For love I pray thee.”
“I won’t.”
“And why?”
“If I committed such folly, my mother would be ashamed. That’s why!”


Commercial Discography

  • Distinguished Music for the Developing Band, Volume 9 (Rutgers University Symphonic Band, Darryl Bott, conductor) - March 2009


State Ratings

  • Texas: II


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