Festal dance

1 movement, 1908†, 5:00

Originally the last movement of Fantastic symphony. Possibly revised prior to publication in 1914

3 flutes (1 also picc), 2 oboes (1 also cor anglais), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, side drum, cymbals, triangle, tambourine, glockenspiel, piano, strings

United Music Publishing Limited

Articles

Introduction – Gerard Cunliffe

Performances

December 1914 [first performance] Birmingham
Conductor Granville Bantock
June 1915 Royal Albert Hall, London (Beecham-Ronald Prom Concerts)
Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham
4 June 1919 Birmingham Institute School of Music
School of Music Orchestra, conductor Sir Granville Bantock
6 June 1934 Birmingham Town Hall
School of Music Orchestra, conductor Sir Granville Bantock
17 October 1934 Birmingham Town Hall
School of Music Orchestra, conductor Sir Granville Bantock
13 April 1935 Queen’s Hall, London
British Women’s Symphony Orchestra, conductor Grace Burrows
Contemporary thirties criticism of Brian performances – Norman V Dagg
30 September 1935 Queen’s Hall, London (Prom)
Queen’s Hall Orchestra, conductor Sir Henry Wood
18 May 1960 Victoria Hall, Hanley, Staffs, UK
Hallé Orchestra, conductor George Weldon
14–15 July 1979 City Hall, Hull, UK
David Martin (piano), City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Geoffrey Heald-Smith
early 1990s [first Brian performance in Asia] Thailand
National Symphony Orchestra of Thailand, conductor Michael Marsh-Edwards
15–16 June 1992 National Concert Hall, Dublin
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, conductor Adrian Leaper

Recordings

Cameo Classics CC9014CD-2 (2 discs) released 1994
14–15 July 1979 City Hall, Hull, UK
David Martin (piano), City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Geoffrey Heald-Smith
Review of City of Hull Youth SO CDs – David J Brown
Review of Hull Youth SO recording – Lewis Foreman
Naxos 8.572020 released December 2010
15–16 June 1992 National Concert Hall, Dublin
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, conductor Adrian Leaper
Review of Adrian Leaper/Marco Polo CDs – Malcolm MacDonald
The Marco Polo cycle – David J Brown