SUEDE SHOES AND POLKA DOTS
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The pieces in the Festival Series were written to provide opportunities for recorder players of different abilities to play together. They can all be played by small groups, even one to a part, but they were originally intended for mass-playing - over 300 players on some occasions. The scoring for the series is:
- an elementary soprano part on a limited number of notes -
- an intermediate soprano part requiring more notes but still rhythmically straightforward -
- an intermediate alto/tenor part using the octave G to G'; rhythmically similar in standard to the soprano part -
- more advanced parts for sopranino, soprano, alto and tenor (and also optional bass). These are more chromatic and use syncopations. The sopranino part is the most challenging.
Drums or a rhythm machine are desirable if possible in performing "Suede Shoes and Polka Dots".
In the "Slow Rock" section of "The Prom" the rhythms have been notated in a simplified form for easier reading. Dotted rhythms should be played as triplets, i.e. with a ratio of 2:1 rather than 3:1. The score has printed examples of this.
Details of the technical requirements for each piece are given in the preface of the score:
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