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3 Dances from 'The Circumnavigator' : trumpet with piano

by Fred Hill (2014)

3 Dances from 'The Circumnavigator'


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3 Dances from 'The Circumnavigator' / Fred Hill.

Library shelf no. 788.92/HIL 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The 3 Dances from The Circumnavigator are drawn from the score of my first opera, 'The Circumnavigator' which is a dramatisation of the failed round-the-world solo voyage of Donald Crowhurst (not so indicated in the opera) and his subsequent demise. Movement 1 represents his fragmented state of mind at the chaotic state of his boat coupled with his dreams of future glory. Movement 2 depicts the boundless aspect of sky and ocean in which he is becalmed. In movement 3 he finds himself in a beach carnival somewhere in South America where he has (illegally!) made landfall.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Trumpet in B flat, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — The first piece though short has frequent changes of meter and tempo. The second requires extended breath and includes improvisation, The 3rd is in a fast 12/8

Contents note: I. Outward Bound -- II. Reflections (Glaucous Blue) -- III. South American Landing.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Although this work is fully notated (apart from an improvisation on a scale), there are affinities with some of my other jazz-based scores, notably 'Gypsy Awake' and 'A Bluesy Kind of Thing'.


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

15 Apr 15: National Band Championships held at the Seymour Centre, University of Sydney, NSW

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