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Three Folk dances


Nothing is known of the origins of the Three Folk Dances, which Boughton composed in 1911. The likelihood is that they were written at the suggestion of John Curwen, who published the full score and parts the following year. They thus anticipate Holst’s St Paul’s Suite by two years and Warlock’s Capriol Suite by sixteen – with both of which they have much in common.

Boughton’s interest in folk music had first found an outlet in 1905 in a series of elaborate Choral Variations where his approach had been less that of a musical archaeologist than a believer in the authority of pure melody. That faith underpinned all his music, however complex its form and expression. Accordingly, the melodies of the Folk Dances are allowed to speak for themselves, even though the settings are subtle and imaginative. No actual ‘first’ performance has been recorded – unobtrusively, the work simply entered the repertoire of string orchestras, professional and amateur alike.

from notes by Michael Hurd © 2000


Boughton: Aylesbury Games & other works


No 1: Hornpipe: Rollicking, but not too fast
No 2: The weary wave o' Tyne: Slow and sad
No 3: Culloden 'A country dance': Quick and merry

Track-specific metadata for CDA67185 track 2

The weary wave o' Tyne: Slow and sad
Recording date
23 March 2000
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Boughton: Aylesbury Games & other works (CDA67185)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 2000
  2. Hyperion monthly sampler - August 2014 (HYP201408)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: August 2014
    Download-only sampler
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