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The unheeded pageant : for string orchestra

by Wendy Hiscocks (2000)

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The unheeded pageant : string orchestra / Wendy Hiscocks.

Library shelf no. 784.7/HIS 1 [Available for loan]

unheeded pageant

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Work Overview

The Unheeded Pageant takes its inspiration from Rabindranath Tagore's poem of the same title, describing events in the life of a young child. The music focuses on three elements from the poem. A dance-like theme near the beginning corresponds to the more earth borne links between mother and child: "She claps her hands and her bracelets jingle, and you dance with your bamboo stick in your hand like a tiny little shepherd." A scherzando motif represents the wind who "carries away in glee the tinkling of your anklet bells." A more ethereal legato theme reflects the realm of heaven-"The fairy mistress of dreams is coming towards you, flying through the twilight sky." Later in the movement the wind provides a bridge between the realms of heaven and earth, and the themes are intermingled.
The scoring requires an orchestra of at least 4+4+4+1 (or 2), and the solos can be distributed among players as desired. The violin solos
are shown in both violin parts to allow for this. A viola section equal to each of the violin sections is desirable for balance.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: String orchestra.

Duration: 7 min.

First performance: 6 Apr 02. Festival Kallmünz in Bavaria, by the Festivalorchester Kallmünz conducted by Graham Buckland.

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6 Apr 02: Festival Kallmünz in Bavaria, by the Festivalorchester Kallmünz conducted by Graham Buckland.

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