Leonie Holmes: A Tedious Brief Scene: Bottom’s Dance (Chamber Ensemble)
Two Pianos, Eight Hands
This work is published for performance and study. The full score can be purchased individually for study or reference (choose Score only). The performance set includes two saddle-stitch parts, one for each piano to be shared between two players (choose Parts only).
About the work:
A Tedious Brief Scene: Bottom’s Dance (2011) is a fine example of Holmes’ work from her career as a composer and educator in New Zealand for over 25 years. Holmes was inspired to depict the character Bottom from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in writing this lighthearted work. It is highly engaging and energetic with elements of minimalist techniques of layered melodic ostinati, and jazz-influenced and non-tonal harmony.
Like the character and scene from Shakespeare’s play, the music oscillates between moments of poignancy and boisterous self-confidence. It incorporates a variety of accented rhythmic patterns, changing metres and delicate melodic material, which gives pianists an opportunity to demonstrate their individual and combined talents as a chamber ensemble. It is suitable for performance by secondary students of approximately Grade VIII and above (ABRSM / Trinity).