Introduction and Dance of Qualified Joy
for Harp, Flute and Viola (2012)
by Ron Hannah

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  1. Introduction
  2. Dance of Qualified Joy

Duration: about 9.5 minutes

     This is a work that flowed out at a happy time of my life, having re-established contact with an old and admired friend (well, a little more than that: Andrea Mellis and I were married in 2013) and from her learned about a harp/flute/viola trio who live and work in Vienna. It is a lovely combination of instruments and I was immediately inspired by its possibilities.

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     It is in my style of dissonant tonality, very accessible, but it seems it may be of an overall too serious nature, for my "Dance of Joy" came out somewhat more spiky and sharp-edged than I had intended. Still, it has a quality of underlying joy about it, as does all music - and the Introduction is gorgeous if I may say so! I am plainly indebted to Debussy and Ravel in certain spots, as you will hear.... and besides, can any joy in this world of ours be truly said to be unqualified?

     You may download the score, free of charge, by clicking on the "Go" button, above, or by visiting the Canadian Music Centre website, and now at last there is an mp3 of the premiere performance, done by that very trio at the prestigious Alte Schmiede hall in Vienna. You may hear that performance by clicking the buttons above. In addition, they performed it again at my 70th birthday concert. If you decide to perform it also, please send me an email (below) and I will forward the players' parts. My only requirement for use of this music is that you inform me of any performances so that I can keep this website up-to-date.


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