48-bar American Reels


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Instrumentation: Flute 1, Flute 2, Descant Recorder, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Violin, Accordion / Piano / Guitar, Cello and / or Bass

Keeping to the same instrumental combination, this arrangement of these lively reels follow in a tonal sequence, moving from D to G to C; they are ideal for dancing and for GCSE / KS4 performance.

As ensemble music,  the five melodic lines are instrumentally interchangeable and, in fact, it can be played as written, by five violins, three flutes and two violins and many other combinations.

If used for a 32-bar dance, a three-couple format would involve playing the reels in turn; for four couples, repeat the first reel; for 5 couples, play them in the order 1 2 3 2 1.