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Fête Galante

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 12:28
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 1991

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    Inspired by the idealized pastoral landscapes of 18th century French artist Watteau, Horovitz wrote Fête Galante, a collection of 3 dances: Pavae, Menuet, and Bourrée des Masques.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 12:28

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Oboe
    2nd Oboe*
    Eb Clarinet*
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet*
    1st Bassoon
    2nd Bassoon*
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
    Bb Tenor Saxophone*
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    3rd F Horn
    4th F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    Euphonium
    (TC Baritone)
    Tuba

    String Bass*

    Timpani
    Percussion [3 players] (cymbals, glockenspiel, snare drum, triangle)

    Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Fête Galante was the term used to describe the most popular paintings of Watteau, The French artist of the early eighteenth century.

    In his idealised landscapes, figures in fancy dress embark on a voyage to an enchanted island; lovers pass each other in courtly dances and meet again in moonlit masquerades. It is a dream-world, but one suffused with true emotion, a romantic yearning for an unattainable Arcadia.

    This pastoral fantasy inspired the composer to write a work in three movements based on dance forms. 'Pavane' has one main extended melody, which recurs several times with increasing elaboration. In contrast 'Menuet' is a very short linking section played by the principal soloists, resulting in a chamber music texture. The final 'Bourée des Masques' is a fast march-rondo featuring fanfare motifs, punctuated by syncopated percussion accents

    Fête Galante was commissioned by the Royal Tournament and premiered at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference on 20 July 1991 at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, conducted by Frank Renton.

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