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day at the circus

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

A day at the circus : for mandolin orchestra / by Richard Charlton.

by Richard Charlton (2009)


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A work consisting of four short movements descriptive of Circus acts:-

Although old fashioned circuses are now a thing of the past I still remember as a child, being taken to my first one! It is the sort of event that, perhaps now, I look back on through 'rose coloured glasses' (appropriately) and remember fondly.

I have tried to capture this childhood experience in this work and while there may be a few serious moments, it is by and large in the form of a humorous anecdote.

The 1st movement is a march of all sorts of strange and bizarre things; in the 2nd movement the clowns make their appearance; the 3rd is the wonder and grace of the 'high flying' trapeze artists and the last movement is the thrill of those daredevil horse riders doing all sorts of acrobatics.

Published by: Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag [R 9296] — 1 score 20p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 5 parts (35p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 10 min.

Contents note:

1. Under the big top! -- 2. Clowns! -- 3. Flying -- 4. Bareback riders!

Dedicated to Geoffrey Barber

Commissioned by Geoffrey Barber for performance by Australian Mandolin Music Association.

First performance by American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra — 28 Feb 10. Mary Tefft White Cultural Centre, Roger Williams University. Bristol Rhode Island USA

Includes programme notes, and biographical notes on composer.

Typeset edition.

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