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Printed Edition
Composer:Dankworth, John (1927-2010)
Instrumentation:cl. pft.
Publisher Ref:MUSCH55820
A suite of four movements composed by a leading light of British jazz for a winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Price: £5.50
Skill Level:D/E
Publisher:Chester Music
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
Saxophonist, clarinettist, band-leader, arranger and composer 'Johnny' Dankworth was one of the few British jazz musicians of his generation to have had a formal musical education, at the Royal Academy of Music. He stood out as a saxophone soloist on the 1950's British jazz scene for his confidence, early maturity and distinctive style and it was then that he formed the Johnny Dankworth Seven and recruited the previously unknown Cleo Laine as singer. She joined him in his big band and they married in 1958 to begin some fifty years of close musical cooperation. Dankworth started composing film scores at about this time and went on to write for the stage and television but his underlying conviction was that the apparent divisions of history, economics and class in music should be brought together. This led to his writing "Improvisations for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra" and, in 1985, the London Symphony Orchestra's pops programme which Dankworth directed. The internationally renowned Wavendon Allmusic Plan, centred on the converted stables of the Dankworth's house near Milton Keynes, continues to work out his inclusive philosophy of music through a combination of education and performance.

It was at Wavendon on 17th April 1985 that Emma Johnson, accompanied by Edward Moore, gave the first performance of the suite that Dankworth wrote and dedicated to her when she won the BBC 1984 Young Musician of the Year. The mood of the piece seems more thoughtful than 'bravura' from the nostalgic rising and falling quaver patterns of the first movement 'Valse', and the haunting second movement 'Pavane'. The frequent and extreme tempo changes in the 'Ballade (third movt.) make it look the most challenging and the last movement 'Scherzo' seems the most jazz influenced with its references to ragtime.

  • 1. Valse
  • 2. Pavane
  • 3. Ballade
  • 4. Scherzo

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