Pavane, Galliard and Variations


Pavane, Galliard and Variations (2010) is a transcription for Standing Wave of keyboard works by William Byrd (ca. 1540-1623), particularly Pavana - the Earle of Salisbury, a "mash" of the two galliards which follow it, and AGround. The pavane and galliard were typically paired together, as were these two by the composer. The former is a processional dance, the latter, a "leaping" dance. I sang Byrd's music in choirs when I was a teenager, but came to know his keyboard music only recently, through the recommendation of musicologist David Metzer. In taking up Byrd's dances, I layer, fragment, extend, and colour the originals in the manner of a fantasia, another genre in which Byrd excelled.

The first movement was written at the request of Arne Eigenfeldt and performed by Standing Wave in Spring 2009 as part of a dance concert. The second and third movements were commissioned by Standing Wave though the British Columbia Arts Council. The piece is dedicated to Standing Wave and David Metzer. 

Rodney Sharman CA

Rodney Sharman lives in Vancouver, BC. He has been Composer-in-Residence with the Victoria Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, Rodney Sharman writes music for cabaret, opera and dance. He works regularly with choreographer James Kudelka, for whom he has written scores for Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and  Coleman Lemieux & Co. (Toronto). Sharman was awarded First Prize in the 1984 CBC Competition for Young Composers and the 1990 Kranichsteiner Prize in Music, Darmstadt, Germany. His score for the music-dance-theatre piece, From The House Of Mirth, won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding sound design/composition (choreography by James Kudelka, text by Alex Poch Goldin after Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth). He was a 2014 Djerassi Artist-in-Residence, Woodside, California.

Rodney Sharman