Shut Up and Dance

Charlie Barber (1949)

Shut Up and Dance 1994

2222-4231- 2 perc, pno, hp - strings
Duration 
10
Genre 
Commissioner 

The musical language of Shut Up And Dance is heavily influenced by non-European ideas as well as ‘popular’ dance music. Deliberately, there is no attempt at combining the various strands: African and Brazilian rhythms glide past Indonesian gamelan with the whole supported by African drumming. In one continuous movement, the work remains in the same tempo throughout and consists of alternating verses and refrains. The refrains are scored for full orchestra exploring an endless sequence of chords which strive upwards underpinned by a full array of tom-toms in the percussion section.The title comes from the name of a New York nightclub and was composed in the summer of 1994.

Charlie Barber

Performances 
17.11.94 St David’s Hall, Cardiff: BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Grant Llewellyn
10.9.97 Vale of Glamorgan Festival: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
23.9.98 Coal Exchange, Cardiff: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
5.1.14 Ascot: Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra
21.7.14 Budapest, Hungary: Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra
2
Flute
2nd doubling piccolo
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd doubling contrabassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
3
Trombone
1
Tuba
2
Percussion
1
Harp
1
Piano
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