TRAVELLING IN STYLE
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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, tenor and bass. These are more chromatic and use syncopations. The sopranino part is the most challenging. Please note that a bass is necessary in "Travelling in Style".
"Travelling in Style" was written for a wider ability range than other pieces in the series. The advanced parts were intended to be fairly challenging! The easier parts in "Blue Sun" and "Pullman" are deliberately very easy to allow more rehearsal time for "Travelling". This uses rhythms which need learning by rote. It was written to allow children in their first term of lessons to take part in the anniversary celebrations at their music centre; they can practise their reading skills in the other movements - this one is for fun and excitement!
Details of the technical requirements for each piece are given in the preface of the score:
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