2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Clarinets in Bb, Bassoon
2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, Trombone, Timpani, Percussion (Side drum, Cym, Triangle,Tamb.)
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola or Violin 3, Cello, Bass)
This work can be performed with a minimum of 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 1 trumpet, percussion, violins 1 & 2, viola (or violin 3) and cello. A distant drum-beat indicates the approaching procession which passes and gives way to four linked sections suggesting the various displays at the gala. A jig-like country dance is linked to a stately strathspey which, despite its "Scotch Snap", has a blues like tread. The dance that follows fades and eventually leads into a graceful waltz. This, in turn, is abandoned when the distant procession is heard making its return journey. A solo flute lazily recalls the country dance tune whilst trudging wearily home. The final major chord provides a perfect sunset!
Duration: 10 minutes
A PACK comprises one full score, string parts 4/4/3/4/2 and any wind, brass and percussion parts.