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Beat the Retreat

for eleven players
11 player
All instruments must be amplified and should be played without vibrato.
Edition: Performance material

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This is dancing music. The use of a ground bass suggests formal Baroque models but the shifted beats and polyrhythms also evoke Latin American, and near the end, ‘techno’ dance music.

Orchestral Cast

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More Information

Beat the Retreat
for eleven players
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
13 ′
World Premiere:
July 3, 1995 · Cheltenham (UK)
Everyman Theatre
Cheltenham Festival 1995
Steve Martland Band · Conductor: Steve Martland

Commissioned work :
Commissioned by the BBC for the Pucell Tercentenary

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 2896-01


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