Four Norfolk Dances
Norfolk Dances was
commissioned by the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band, who gave the first
performance on 15th September 2001.
is one of the most beautiful counties in England, famous for its charming
villages and boundless broads, a popular centre for sailing holidays.
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.
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
movements are each named after a village in South Norfolk that has a particular
association with the band.
Pulham Prelude is robust in
nature and combines strong fanfare figures with a burlesque dance.
Diss Dance is a
charming waltz, which contrasts solo passages with the full band.
Lopham Lament features a
mournful oboe solo and a passionate climax for the whole band.
Garboldisham Jig combines a lively jig with a graceful chorale tune.