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Dance of the Wintersmith

for violin and piano

Year:  2017   ·  Duration:  10m 30s

Year:  2017
Duration:  10m 30s

Composer:   Leonie Holmes

Films, Audio & Samples

Leonie Holmes: Baby Boomer ...

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Leonie Holmes: Dance of the...

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Sample Audio

Sample: 0’00” – 1’00”
from Beer and Watkins | 11 Frames

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-8 of score

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Written for Andrew Beer and Sarah Watkins, this work draws for inspiration on the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett, in which a young girl training to be a witch is taken into the middle of a forest to witness a dark Morris Dance of otherworldly men. Losing herself in the dance, she ends up joining in, disrupting the natural balance of the seasons and causing a cascade of icy problems which turn ever more deadly for mortals as the besotted Wintersmith (elemental of Winter) searches the world for her. As in all Pratchett’s books, the tale is fantastical and very funny, whilst still containing some pertinent messages on the follies of humankind.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Sarah Watkins and Andrew Beer

Dedication note

Dedicated to Sarah Watkins and Andrew Beer