Norfolk is one of the most beautiful counties in England, famous for its charming villages and boundless broads, a popular centre for sailing holidays. It is also the home of one of the best known of all British composers, Sir Malcolm Arnold. The date of the premiere of this piece was to fall close to his 80th birthday, so Philip Sparke decided to write something of a birthday tribute. Some of Arnold's best-loved orchestral works are his sets of dances: there are two sets of English Dances, Four Scottish Dances, Four Cornish Dances etc., most of which have been arranged for concert band at one time or another. Philip Sparke thought it would be appropriate for the concert band to have its own set of dances and wrote Four Norfolk Dances very much in the style of Arnold's suites. 13:00
Includes: Pastime With Good Company; My Selfe; King's Hunting Jigg. Grade: Medium.
This nicely paced and skillfully orchestrated suite characterizes the three main categories of ancient English folk dances. The opening Sword Dance is lively in nature and contrasts with the WaltzSong style of the second movement. The concluding movement is a Morris Dance, typified by a rustic nature and dancers with pads of bells to accentuate the rhythm. The result is an elegant work for band with vibrance and energy. Dur: 4:30
Great British Music for Wind Band Vol.3 The Central Band of the Royal Air Force conducted by Squadron Leader Rob Wiffin. Guest Soloist: Steven Mead, euphonium. Includes: Sinfonietta No.2 (Philip Sparke); Old English Suite (Michael Short); Pantomime (Philip Sparke); Delta Dances (Kenneth Platts); Mountain Song (Philip Sparke); Mighty Voice (Paul Patterson).