Violoncello from Danses Concertantes

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9 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
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Danses Concertantes is for String Orchestra and was written in 2010 for the Shipley Arts Festival (UK). It is a suite of three imaginary dances: Dance of Fire, Dance of Tears and Dance of Joy, presented as a kind of mini concerto for strings.

For the composer, this sequence of dances expresses the human ability to overcome life’s many problems. The ’fire’ of the first movement is a metaphor for any problem we might encounter. The second movement expresses the tears we shed, or the pain we feel, and the third movement expresses the joy at being able to overcome the problem in some way and for being a stronger person for having done so.

Although conceived as a concert piece, dancers are welcome to provide choreography.

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