1. Two-Step and Drag 2. Her First Waltz 3. Polka
SATB chorus, clarinet, cello, drum set, piano
The Dale Warland Singers and the Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Fellowship Program
Dale Warland Singers
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Dance Set is a reflection on American dance music from the turn of the century. I am intrigued by the vitality of this music (cake walk, fox trot, etc.) and have combined its rhythmic vigor with a choral sound. I chose three dance forms -- two-step and drag, waltz and polka -- to make this set. In Two-Step and Drag, the couple begins dancing in duple meter; suddenly the rhythm changes in an attempt to fool the couple, creating a whimsical effect. Her First Waltz evokes the image of a young girl shyly dancing; she begins tentatively, then whirls grandly into an elegant waltz. The Polka is a rhythmic, raucous, and jaunty country dance. Dance Set was composed especially for the Dale Warland Singers under the auspices of the Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Fellowship Program and is dedicated to Dale Warland.
- Libby Larsen