Wind Quintet – Courtly Dances
Basically it is a set of three dances loosely described as Allemande,
Courante and Jygg. Orchestration is for wind quintet Flute, Oboe,
Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F and Bassoon.
The style of the first dnce is pesante, with a touch of irony! The bassoon leads with an Alberti
pattern followed by the first melodic idea stated on the horn. This
motif is eventually taken up by all the instruments. The melody then
morphs into a lovely little B-section melody on the flute with an oboe
obbligato before the DS. Surprisingly simple, but 3 mins long.
2 plays on the meaning of courante (running). It’s in 3, as courantes
were. Each instrument has an important role in keeping the music flowing
– even the bassoon and horn. The middle section has a mournful bassoon
melody with weaving contrapuntal lines from all the others. There’s a
bridge into the DS and the first section is repeated, leading eventually
to the short coda.
Movement 3 is the hardest movement. It’s in
9/8 and needing lots of dynamism. It also has a few modern touches. After the
short (2 bars) 12/8 section, there is a Berlioz-esque dance of the
witches type of fever about the music. Then DS to fine
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