The tune is carried by the violin and/or woodwinds in Part A, which performers of all ages are sure to have fun with! Part B for upper strings and/or woodwinds cleverly dances with the tune, while Parts C and D enjoy some challenging rhythmic interplay. An optional percussion section for two players will help to emphasise the dance-like quality of this piece. Whether performed by four players or forty players, Shoe Dance is sure to have your audience tapping its toes and humming for hours long after! N.B. This piece can also be paired with Brown Jug Polka in performance.
Number of Pages: 20
Number of Parts: 4 (minimum) with optional percussion for 2 players
Instrumentation: (your choice of instrument/s per part)
Part A – Violin, Flute, Clarinet in B♭
Part B – Violin, Viola, Flute (additional), Clarinet in B♭
Part C – Violin, Viola, Clarinet in B♭, Cello
Part D – Cello, Keyboard, Bass Clarinet in B♭
Percussion (2 players) (optional) – Triangle, Rhythm Sticks, Small Drum
How to use: This work for junior players is suitable for a quartet, chamber group, or small orchestra using any combination of any number of the instruments listed above. Shoe Dance is in four parts with an optional percussion part for two players; there are in general at least two different ability level options for each possible instrument. All you need to do is assign parts to the players in your ensemble while ensuring you have a satisfactory balance and blend of instruments. Some examples of instrument combinations include:
- Part A Violin(s) and Flute(s); Part B Violin(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part C Viola(s), Violin(s) and Cello(s); Part D Cello(s); Percussion.
- Part A Flute(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part B Clarinet(s) in B♭ and Flute(s)(additional); Part C Clarinet(s) in B♭ and Cello; Part D Bass Clarinet(s) in B♭ and/or Keyboard(s).
- Part A Violin; Part B Clarinet in B♭; Part C Violin; Part D Cello; Percussion.
- String Quartet or Clarinet Quartet plus optional additional instruments.
But these are only some of the many options! The Flexible Ensemble Series gives you the opportunity to mix and match parts to suit the young musicians in your ensemble.
N.B.: Part B must be played by Violin, Viola and/or Clarinet in B♭. Flute can be added to one or more of these supporting instruments.