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Concertina

by Anthony Ritchie, dance music, Opus 89

A continuous work which explores folding movements among other dance themes. There is a colourful variety of music, ranging from the mysterious and dark opening section, to the obsessive gig towards the end.

Programme Note

Dance music for violin, piano, squeezebox and percussion

Concertina was commissioned by choreographer Dan Belton to be the sound track for a dance film. It can be performed live as well, in part or in its entirety, though some effects are better achieved through the recording. The work is in nine sections which run continuously.

This work was composed for violinist Paula Smart and pianist Terence Dennis, who first recorded the work in March 1999.