Composer: Joyce, Brian
Instrumentation: Trio Instruments: English Horn, Oboe
For 2 Oboes and English Horn, "Five Elfin Dances" is a fun piece that works best in a recital setting. The movements include:
- The Busy Village
- Cautious Explorers
III. Dance in the Glen
- The Princess's Song
- Bound for Home
Program notes from the composer:
These miniatures began as musical doodling, written for fun during breaks from work on larger pieces. I have no idea why, but the first three pieces feature fleeting quotes from J. S. Bach.
These pieces were played several times soon after they were completed, including one performance for a class of 5th-graders at a local elementary school. In the days following that performance, the three musicians received several cards from the students. One girl wrote, "Thanks for coming. I was going to play the oboe but now I have decided not to." It's a wonderful thing to be able to influence a young life with one's music.
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