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Suite of Miniature Dances

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Louis Applebaum

Louis Applebaum


General Info

Year: 1964 / 1993
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Northdale Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – C$72.00   |   Score Only (print) - C$16.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III 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-IV
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp or Piano
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A charming set of short movements, originally used as scene music for the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario.

- Program Note by Glenn D. Price


Suite of Miniature Dances is drawn from the incidental music for a ballroom scene in Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well. The premiere performance, held during the inaugural season of the world-renowned Stratford Festival (in Stratford, Ontario) in 1953, was directed by Tyrone Guthrie and starred Alec Guiness and Irene Worth.

That production was set in the late 19th century rather than in the more conventional Elizabethan period, providing more scope for the musical style. A Shakespearean production always generates a dilemma for the composer: how to communicate to a contemporary audience an aural sense of another era, sometimes one for which no musical materials or aural impressions exist.

The scene (Act II, scene iii) was played as a series of short dances, allowing the music to reflect a progression of changes of mood and action. Although the 1953 production used a seven-player pit orchestra of winds and harp, it has been re-orchestrated for full concert band.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Musicfest Canada: B500


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Applebaum, L.; Shakespeare, W. (1964). Suite of Miniature Dances [score]. Canadian Music Centre: [Toronto].