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crimson carousel

Sheet Music: Score

A crimson carousel : for symphonic band / David Keeffe.

by David Keeffe (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: For Concert Band/Wind Ensemble, but does not use Eb clarinet. Piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets, 2 or 3 horns, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion.
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While not programmatic, the work is an impression of a mysterious, perhaps haunted fairground, with allusions to malevolent controlling forces. While there is no musical link (apart from the the time signature), listeners might find modern-day parallels with Danse Macabre.

"A Crimson Carousel" portrays the macabre and the outlandish, but couched in the familiar rhythms of the waltz. Imagine entering a darkened fairground, with the remorseless tunes of the carousel drifting towards you. As you approach, the tunes become more distinct - but at the same time you become aware of darker forces at play. Is someone or something trying to control you, forcing you to join the dance? Do you struggle or give in?

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (40p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — There are many shifting accent patterns within its uniform 3/4 metre. The first trumpet part is quite high.

Duration: 8 mins

Dedicated to Boroondara Symphonic Band

First performance by Boroondara Symphonic Band, David Keeffe at Music for all reasons (Holy Trinity Church (Kew)) on 21 Sep 2013

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ISMN: 979-0-720156-80-4

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