The shed dances - clarinet & string trio

Steve Elcock

COMPOSER


THE SHED DANCES, op.26b

(clarinet, violin, viola & cello)

playing time : 17'

This in an arrangement for clarinet quartet of dances that were written at the suggestion of Ruth Chalkley who was looking for something "that would stimulate dancers to work under the direction of a choreographer who has been coached by a neuro-phyiotherapist, so that the dance is based on neuro-rehabilitative principles. It's a project about the life of Frenkel, who developed the exercises for ataxia".

 

Three of the dances contain self-explanatory dance names in their title. Of the others, Leaden Clog Dances struggles to break away from the grip of a seemingly random, but in reality highly organized, rhythmic frame; Boneyard Antics features an unruly skeleton who initially can neither dance in time nor play in the right key; and Rampant Scavenger is a wild presto based on material that in substance I wrote when aged seventeen.

1. Disgruntled waltz

2. Petrified minuet

3. Leaden clog dance

4. Boneyard antics

5. Marion's pavane

6. Rampant scavenger

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