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Gaillarde l'Esmerillonne, First Book of Dances (Pierre Phalèse, 1571) for Wind Instruments

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By Pierre Phalèse

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Woodwind Quartet, Brass Quartet, Concert Band, Flexible Instrumentation - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Pierre Phalèse. Arranged by Colin Kirkpatrick. Renaissance, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's, Recital. Piano Reduction, Score, Set of Parts. 26 pages. Published by Colin Kirkpatrick Publications (S0.1019537).

Item Number: S0.1019537

Gaillarde No 6, Premier Livre de Danseries (Pierre Phalèse, Leuven 1571) for Wind Instruments

Pierre Phalèse (1510-1575) was a Flemish publisher and his First Book of Dances, an extensive collection of dances in four parts, was published in Leuven in 1571. They are attractive pieces and are sure to be popular at any concerts, public recitals or end-of-semester events. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the gaillarde (or galliard) was a popular dance and a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I of England. This is the 6th dance in a set of 20 gaillardes in the original publication. This arrangement is scored for virtually any combination of conventional wind instruments with optional percussion and keyboard parts. The flexible arrangement enables them to be played by non-standard ensembles. The optional keyboard part enables you to use the piece as a solo or duet and trio for mixed instruments.
This publication consists of a score showing the four-part ensemble, keyboard and percussion parts. A piano sounds distinctly out of place in this music and a digital or acoustic harpsichord sounds more authentic. Most electronic keyboards have a harpsichord option. The score and set of parts come in a single PDF file. Some small modifications have been made to the inner parts in the original to facilitate performance.

The percussion instruments used are similar to those found in elementary school music rooms and two players are required. Other percussion instruments may be added as desired. Dance music is intended to be fun, and we hope that this arrangement brings you just that.

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