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Teaching the World to Play


Brian Balmages
Grade 4.5-5

Just as its title suggests, this three-movement contemporary work draws from various types of pop music and dance forms, and sets them in a symphonic framework. The opening movement, , is a short fanfare based loosely on Irish dance rhythms and melodies. The second movement, , receives its inspiration from various aspects of pop ballads, though no direct references are made. Dense harmonies and interesting textures play an important role throughout the movement. The final movement, , is a literal combination of rock, funk, swing, and classical in a contemporary setting. Intense and driving, this is an excellent concert finale! You may even want to consider performing the last movement alone as an encore.

Audio Only:
Item No.
Full Set: B1324 95.00
Score Only: B1324S 16.00