Four Cornish Dances


by Malcolm Arnold

Full Orchestra
2.picc.2.2.2 - 4331 - timp - perc(2): t.bells/cyms/tam-t/vib/BD/susp.cym/tamb/SD/TD - harp - strings
First Performance
13.8.66, BBC Prom, Royal Albert Hall, London: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Malcolm Arnold

Score 0-571-50574-0 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes
Malcolm Arnold Four Cornish Dances The Cornish people have a highly developed sense of humour. Many are sea-faring folk, and it is a land of male voice choirs, brass bands, Methodism, May Days, and Moody and Sankey hymns. The Cornish, despite, or even because of, their great sense of independence have been ruthlessly exploited. The deserted engine houses of the tin and copper mines bear silent witness to this, and these ruins radiate a strange and sad beauty. I hope some of these things are present in this music, which is Cornish through the eyes of a “furrener”. Malcolm Arnold

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