*Contemporary Pieces.* Lively, rhythmic and beguiling set of Polish style dances.
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_Score 8 pp. Parts 3 pp. Downloadable PDF file - 730 Kb._
Lances Eccles, Polska for SATB Recorders, OMP139
Here is another collection of pieces by Lance Eccles - this time we have three lively dances with a Polish theme. The set begins with a 'brisk' Mazurka with very straight-forward rhythms in all the parts. This is followed by a 'measured' Polonaise which seems to open with more than a passing reference to La Follia before reaching a sudden shift in tonality. My favourite piece of the three is the final Polka Grotesque which sounds quite menacing and would probably be good for a horror movie!
These short dances are all in a minor key but with many unexpected harmonic twists. On the whole, they are not very difficult: rhythmically there are very few surprises so the players can turn their attention to some of the slightly tricky fingerings which crop up here and there. they are a little bit 'different' and fun to play.
It might have been nice to have a few words of background information to the pieces but the music is clearly printed and maybe the music can speak for itself.
Sheila Richards, The Recorder Magazine, Autumn 2006.