‘Summer Dances’ is a joyful work in three short movements celebrating my favourite season where people are happiest outdoors. Each movement is a celebration – the first movement ‘Summer Day’ celebrates the open air, with a bold and arrogant melody in 10/8 time, whose rhythm dominates the movement. The next movement ‘Summer Night’ could be described as a ‘Beach Habanera’ led by a sensuous trumpet melody. The movement ends with an ambiguous harmonic build-up, which is resolved at the start of the finale ‘Summer Party’ with a folk like theme that is passed round the ensemble, building up, (with suggestions of the first movement theme) to a riotous and festive ending. Summer Dances was commissioned by HAFABRA Music, Louis Martinus in collaboration with Biblioservice Gelderland/Music department MUI, Arhnhem, the Netherlands.
Regarding interpretation suggestions:
Movement 1) Lively but not too fast – very much a piece for the full ensemble, up until the final six bars when things become more subtle and intimate – maybe sunset….
Movement 2) Very laid back and sexy. The movement should be thought of as a wonderfully promising ‘first date’ or ‘wedding night’, with great possibilities with the unresolved chord at the end of the movement….
Movement 3) As fast as is comfortably possible. The start should be delicate and chamber music like, but increase in general excitement, particularly from figure 31. Something should be saved up for a true fortissimo at 34.