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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Fete Galante (1991),
Commissioned by the Royal Tournament
Work Notes
I Pavane II Menuet III Bourrée des Masques
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Year Composed
1991
Duration
12 Minutes
Orchestration
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Programme Note
Joseph Horovitz Fete Galante (1991),
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 me 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 Bourrée 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 July 30 1991 at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, conducted by Frank Renton.

  • Ensemble
    Birmingham Symphonic Wind Band
    Conductor
    Keith Allen
    Amos:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 18 SEP 2012
    Thoresby, Nottingham
    Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    Keiron Anderson, conductor
  • 16 JUL 2011
    Nottingham University, UK
    Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    Keiron Anderson, conductor
  • 21 MAY 2011
    St Olave’s Church, York
    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra
    Keiron Anderson, conductor
  • 20 OCT 2009
    St Alfege Church, Greenwich, London
    Students from Trinity College of Music
  • 08 MAR 2009
    Square Chapel for the Arts, Halifax, UK
    Yorkshire Wind Orchestra
    Keiron Anderson, conductor
  • 07 MAR 2009
    St. Mary's Church, Barnes, London
    Barnes Concert Band
    David Smith, conductor
  • 09 APR 2006
    Nottingham University, UK
    Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    Keiron Anderson, conductor
  • 15 MAY 2004
    Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
    Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    David Smith, conductor
  • 04 DEC 2001
    Avenue St Andrews United Reform Church, Southampton
    Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    David Smith, conductor
  • Southampton University Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    David Smith, conductor

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