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Micharl Praetorius (1571-1621) was a German composer who over a long period of time collected and arranged 312 short dances written by various French renaissance dance-masters. Terpsichore from 1612 is originally arranged for 4-6 voices and were played by the various instruments available at the time.

4 French Renaissance Dances from Terpsichore(1621)

  • This arrangement for brass band is divided into four antiphonal choirs and the full effect of the arrangement dependents on the choruses being deployed apart. If the stage is small the choirs can be placed in a half circle behind the normal band setup. To obtain a great balance Choir IV can be reinforced with a piccolo trumpet (Cornet 5). If no piccolo trumpet the part should be played as written on a Bb Cornet. The suggested band setup as shown below gives the best effect if Choir I & III (from position 2) play without music.
    4 French Renaissance Dances was used as the opening piece in Stavanger Brass Band's winning program for the Siddis Brass 1995.
    Arvid Anthun (b. 1963) got his musical degree from Grieg Akademiet in Bergen and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he studied cornet and trumpet. Arvid was a member of Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag for more than 10 years and has been awarded numerous soloistprize at various competitions. Arvid is now lives in Førde north of Bergen where he works as a teacher, freelance musician and conductor.
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