The unheeded pageant : for string orchestra
by Wendy Hiscocks (2000)
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The Unheeded Pageant takes its inspiration from
Rabindranath Tagore's poem of the same title, describing events
in the life of a young child. The music focuses on three elements
from the poem. A dance-like theme near the beginning corresponds
to the more earth borne links between mother and child: "She
claps her hands and her bracelets jingle, and you dance with your
bamboo stick in your hand like a tiny little shepherd." A
scherzando motif represents the wind who "carries away in glee
the tinkling of your anklet bells." A more ethereal legato theme
reflects the realm of heaven-"The fairy mistress of dreams is
coming towards you, flying through the twilight sky." Later in
the movement the wind provides a bridge between the realms of
heaven and earth, and the themes are intermingled.
The scoring requires an orchestra of at least 4+4+4+1 (or 2), and the solos can be distributed among players as desired. The violin solos
are shown in both violin parts to allow for this. A viola section equal to each of the violin sections is desirable for balance.
Instrumentation: String orchestra.
Duration: 7 min.
First performance: 6 Apr 02. Festival Kallmünz in Bavaria, by the Festivalorchester Kallmünz conducted by Graham Buckland.
Performances of this work
6 Apr 02: Festival Kallmünz in Bavaria, by the Festivalorchester Kallmünz conducted by Graham Buckland.
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