Danceries (Set 2)

Danceries (Set 2)
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This second set of Danceries continues the format established in Danceries (Set I), namely in using material taken from Playford's Dancing Master, a collection of folk and popular tunes published in the seventeenth century, to form the basis of an extended dance suite. In this set, the melodies have been more abstracted and project only a distant echo of their original forms, but as before, each movement is self-contained, colourful and direct, with its own distinct mood.

The outer movements – Jennie’s Bawbee and Peascod’s Galliarda – share a use of driving percussion writing with a military air. Tom Tinker’s Toye and Heart’s Ease (movements two and three) are both settings of original melodies. All movements are more extended than in the first set, with a freer use and approach to the material; melodies now occur in various keys and are supported by a greater variety of harmonic colouring. The result is a richer, even more exhilarating set of dances. Danceries has come of age!


  • Heart's Ease
  • Jennie's Bawbee
  • Peascod's Galliarda
  • Tom Tinker's Toye


Product IDCOBS012944628
Composer/Artist/Author Kenneth Hesketh
Instrumentation Concert/Wind Band
Publisher Faber Music
Publisher Ref No 0571570488
Media Book & Part(s)

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