Commissioned by the International Guitar Festival with support from South West Arts
In writing a set of Miniatures for solo guitar, I took as my starting point the many pieces written for that instrument based on sets of dances. Conscious of the disappearance from our everyday society of such forms and, feeling the need to recreate their character for a new suite of pieces, I decided to put to work three of the most popular of all ancient dances, basing them upon icons of contemporary ephemera.
Thus, the first dance, in the character of a bourrée, became, perhaps quirkily, the Boreanaz after the actor (David Boreanaz) who played Angel in the TV series Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
The second, the Minogue, after the eponymous Kylie, is loosely derived from the minuet - an elegant dance in 3/4 time.
Finally, the Galliano, after the flamboyant and outrageous fashion designer, John Galliano. This is based on the more ancient galliard, a dance in compound time with the occasional bar of hemiola, gay and rollicking in character.
Three Dance Miniatures was commissioned by the International Guitar Festival with financial help from South West Arts for the 2002 Festival.