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Five Elizabethan Dances

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Don Freund

Don Freund


Subtitle: From Romeo and Juliet (A Musical Drama by Don Freund)


General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lauren Kaiser Music Pubishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $280.00


Movements

1. Galiard: Entry Dance
2. Basse danse: Romeo sees Juliet across the room
3. BassDumpe: Indignat Tybalt
4. Pavan: The Lovers Touch
5. La Volta: Unmasking, Departure


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum, small
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Log Drum
  • Marimba
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales (2)
  • Tom-Toms, (2) high
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Five Elizabethan Dances is drawn from the music that sets the scene and provides the accompaniment for the Ballroom Scene from Don Freund’s Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespearean Music Drama for singing actors and piano. The style of the dances is freely drawn from dances found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (music from ca. 1562 to 1612), spiced up with changing meters and chromatic twists of melody and harmony reflecting a more recent musical language. Each of the dances represents a pivotal scene-within-a-scene:

1. Galiard: Entry Dance (pompous)

LORD CAPULET
Welcome, gentlemen! ladies that have their toes

Unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you.

2. Basse danse: Romeo sees Juliet across the room (tender)

ROMEO
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!

For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.

3. Dumpe: Indignant Tybalt (heavy, rugged)

TYBALT
This, by his voice, should be a Montague.

Fetch me my rapier!

4. Pavan: The Lovers Touch (cool on the surface, burning inside)

ROMEO
Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.
(They kiss.)
Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.
JULIET
Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
ROMEO
Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!

Give me my sin again. (Kiss again.)

5. La Volta: Unmasking, Departure (festive)

JULIET
Come hither, nurse. What is yond gentleman?
NURSE
His name is Romeo, and a Montague;
The only son of your great enemy.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 3 November 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Don Freund website Accessed 4 November 2019
  • Freund, D. (2011). Five Elizabethan Dances : For Concert Band (2011) [score]. Lauren Kaiser Music: Maryland Heights, Mo.
  • Perusal score