The shed dances - clarinet & string trio

Steve Elcock

COMPOSER


The Shed Dances, Op. 26a & 26b

Op. 26a for violin & piano;

Op. 26b for clarinet, violin, viola & cello

playing time : 19'

The Shed Dances were written in 2016 at the suggestion of Ruth Chalkley, a patient with ataxia. The dances were composed for a project to raise awareness of the work of Heinrich Frenkel (1860-1931) who dedicated his life to developing exercices to rehabilitation for the form of ataxia he recognized.

 

Subsequently, I made an arrangement for clarinet quartet, and it it this version that was recorded by the Veles Ensemble with Peter Cigleris in May 2018 and released on the Toccata Classics label.

 

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.

 

Below, on the left, you can listen to a mock-up of the version for violin and piano, and on the right, the recording of the version for clarinet and string trio.

Violin and piano

Clarinet and string trio

1. Disgruntled waltz

2. Petrified minuet

3. Leaden clog dance

4. Boneyard antics

5. Marion's pavane

6. Rampant scavenger

1. Disgruntled waltz

2. Petrified minuet

3. Leaden clog dance

4. Boneyard antics

5. Marion's pavane

6. Rampant scavenger

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