Vivace energico – Intermezzo – Pavan – Scherzo – Finale (21 mins)
Suite for String Orchestra was composed for students. The Royal Academy of Music in London invited its composer alumni to contribute a major piece for a festival of music by living British composers, entitled RAM – Da Capo – March 1993. Music for strings runs like a golden thread through English music, from the 17th century Fantasias of Byrd, Dowland and Purcell, to the 20th century tradition of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Bridge, Britten, Berkeley and Bliss. This suite includes traditional English dances, and the finale is a 5-in-a-bar La Volta.
First performance 11 March 1993 London (Royal Academy of Music)
by the String Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music, conducted by David Strange
Full score ISMN M 708045 31 1
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Royal Academy of Music String Orchestra, David Strange
V Finale Presto (2′ 45″)