This work attempts to evoke dance styles from different parts of the world, without using any real folk music. The six dances are linked without a break: 1. Maori Action Song 2. Celtic Gig 3. Transylvannian ’ Swaying Dance ’ 4. Ragtime Dance 5. Latin American Dance 6. Russian Sabre Dance
Composed in March 1992 and dedicated to the memory of Gavin Saunders. The first two movements comprise simple canons at the unison, with interludes, while the third is a chorale. Commissioned by Gary Bowler with funding from Creative New Zealand for the Hastings Youth Orchestra, who gave the first performance later that year.