Pavanne Score and Texts.

Select the items you want and click on them.

You should be able to download them or read them on site.


The idea of presenting Pavanne in this way is that it becomes accessible to as many people as possible. Additionally, there will be no way of knowing how it will come out in a performance because we do not know in advance what instruments will play the parts. In other words, it is a musical adventure, which I hope many people will enjoy. It is a game, so don't feel silly if your part sounds ridiculous. It might not do so in context of the whole piece, or it might be enjoyable to hear it being ridiculous.

When I wrote this score I did have in mind specific instruments, but I could not find the orchestra with the right instruments available, and even less could I find the orchestra that was willing to take a chance on something new.

In some cases it may well turn out that the only instrument which can play a part is the one for which it was written, but I doubt that. Generally speaking, the higher up the page in the score, the higher pitch the instrument (thus, for instance, one might find a piccolo on the top line and a bass on the bottom), but if you want to try it there is nothing wrong with a bass tuba playing a recorder part or vice verse (etc), Or indeed a saxophone playing a snare drum (I can get something like that sound), although it may on some occasions not sound good.

Where the link takes you to a list of parts, just click on the parts you want. They should be printable if you so desire.

NB: The scores are big files and take some time to download, but the individual parts download quickly.

Pavanne concert pitch score click here

Pavanne Bb pitch score click here

Pavanne Eb pitch score click here

Individual Pavanne parts for concert, Bb and Eb instruments click here

Instructions for Pavanne.

There is not much to know. Pavanne is intended to be the most delicate and quiet piece of music one could play - as for a funeral. By a bit of experiment I have found that the ideal tempo is 44 crotchets per minute - which is almost impossible to play evenly. BUT if you count it as 88 quavers it becomes quite easy.

Note that the chord names have not been transposed on the Bb and Eb parts.

Dyanamics go between almost nothing and slightly loud.

A pavan was a dance in the middle ages, slow and pompous, and was normally reserved for state occasions (as far as I can make out). Pavanne seeks to imitate the style in modern terms and to present it for popular use and listening. You should be able to feel it rock. If you don't, practice a bit more. Hugo Brunelli's recording:

Hugo Brunelli Pavanne

gets somewhere near it.

Pavanne summer 2011 played on a piano.

And here is me playing a slightly eccentric version of Pavanne on an organ

Pavanne chords:

(The Chord sequence in the orchestral score does not have one middle 8 ('B' theme) for every 3 'a' themes. The middle 8 only appears once in the whole score.)

The chord sequence given here, then, is that which was used by Hugo Brunelli. Note that each 'A' section has a different ending, but is otherwise the same as the other 'A' sections.

Section A1

		II	Gm	I	A7	I	D7	I	Gm	I

		I	Gm	I	Cm6	I	A7	I	D7	I

Section A2

		I	Gm	I	A7	I	D7	I	Gm	I

		I	Gm	I	Cm6	I	D7	I    Gm   F7    II (end of section)
(last bar has two chords played one after the other)

Section B (middle 8)

        	II	Bb	I	Eb	I	F7	I	Bb	I

		I	Bb	I	Eb	I	F7	I	D7	II

Section A3

		II	Gm	I	A7	I	D7	I	Gm	I

		I	Gm	I	Cm6	I	D7	I	Gm	II
									      fin (finish)

(Or repeat.)

I hope you will like this.

Hugh Harris.