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You must sleep, but I must dance

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You must sleep, but I must dance : for viola and percussion / Andrew Ford.

by Andrew Ford (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Viola, percussion.


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The title of this piece comes, via Cormac McCarthy, from the 19th-century German poet Theodor Storm. In fact, in his poem 'Hyacinths', Storm wrote, 'Ich möchte schlafen, aber du mußt tanzen', which is the other way round: 'I would sleep, but you must dance'. But it was McCarthy's inversion of it in Blood Meridian that popped into my head one morning in mid 2010 as I was pushing my baby daughter's pram through the streets in an attempt to get her to sleep. (Now that she is a toddler, it is Storm's original line that seems the more apt.)

The piece is in four connected movements, which might be thought of as 'sleep' - 'dance' - 'sleep' - 'dance', though there is no real program behind the music.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 2 performance parts (38p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 18 mins

Dedication note: to Elsie
Commission info: Commissioned by the University of Sydney to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

First performance by Roger Benedict, Daryl Pratt at You must sleep, but I must dance (Verbrugghen Hall) on 17 Sep 2012

The percussion part is a copy of the full score.

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This edition produced Mar 13.

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