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Polish Folk Dances

for two clarinets, baritone saxophone, timpani and Javanese gamelan

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  6m

Year:  2007
Duration:  6m

Jack Body

Composer:   Jack Body


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The piece was written in collaboration with Andrzej Nowicki, a NZSM student who dances with a Polish folk group in Wellington. The clarinet carries the dance tunes in both movements, with a second clarinet and a baritone saxophone joining in the second. The gamelan accompaniment moves between "slendro" and "pelog", suggesting a 'bent' version of western harmony.

– Jack Body

Difficulty note

Jack has mentioned that this is "Quite difficult!"

Contents note

Hucul Dance and Medley

Performance history

10 Jul 2007: Performed by Padhang Moncar and Taniwha Jaya and conducted by Jack Body; International Gamelan Festival; Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Performed by Andrzej Nowicki (clarinet), Pippa Strom (clarinet), Richard Robertshawe (baritone saxophone) and the Javanese and Balinese gamelan based at the New Zealand School of Music

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