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La Volta

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William Byrd

William Byrd (arr. Katheryn Fenske)


General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The La Volta, or turning dance was considered a departure from the usual refinement and grace of the 17 century court dances. As a member of the galliard family, this dance would not have been attempted by any other than the most sturdy and agile. The dance demanded that the couple hold each other very tightly performing two hopping and turning steps together and then one giant leap into the air (the man supporting the woman with his thigh). The man was often rewarded at the end with a kiss from his dizzy but happy partner. Due to the unusually large steps required of the woman, the closeness of the partners, and certainly the risk that some royal knee might be seen during the telltale leaps, many moralists of the time regarded La Volta as highly indecent.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Florida: I
  • Indiana: ISSMA JUNIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Louisiana: I
  • Maryland: I
  • North Carolina: II
  • Texas: I. Complete


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Byrd, W.; Fenske, K. (1996). La Volta [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glarus, Wisc.
  • Perusal score