Terpsichore, Op.7 : "The Whirler", or Muse of Dance [The Nine Muses, No.7]. Dance Poem for Large Orchestra.
by Jonathan David Little (2005)
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Terpsichore, Op. 7 : 'The whirler', or 'Muse of dance', poème de danse for full orchestra / Jonathan Little.
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Another in a series of intense and ethereal or (as here) kaleidoscopically vibrant and sparkling symphonic portraits of the nine muses.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, celeste, harpsichord, strings.
Duration: 15 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Includes some virtuoso passages for section principals - being especially demanding for horns, 2 solo violins and percussion
Contents note: 1. -- The precocious Muse begins her wild, whirling dance -- 2. Entrancing Terpsichore dazzles all those who behold her -- 3. A most majestic and dramatic solo performer -- 4. The beguiling Muse slows and strikes a pose -- 5. Her frenzied dance resumes -- 6. The Muse displays her hypnotic, swaying gracefulness -- 7. She pauses one last time -- 8. Her recollection of past glories, and homage to the ancient circular dances -- 9. The capricious Terpsichore’s Finale!
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