Je danse, J’apprends

A reel as a dance originates probably in Scotland, though it’s common as a dance form throughout the British Isles and eastern United States. The music associated with this form often includes fast-moving fiddle themes, which is true of my treatment as well, though in this case, the fiddle figure provides accompaniment for a tuneful melody introduced by the viola.

The percussion instruments for this movement are concert toms, four in total, providing a strong drum rhythm throughout. As is true of the earlier dances in this suite, the drums provide a transition as well as a thematic introduction to the rhythms which follow.

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