A Skip and a Twirl

Erin Magill

Grade 11, Harwood Union High School

"A Skip and a Twirl" is a trio for flute, clarinet, and bassoon. It begins with a cheerful tune that is very bouncy and syncopated, like someone skipping. Then partway through it becomes slower and graceful, still dancing but more like a stately twirl. All throughout the song the instruments pass the melody around, and both sections are based on the same short motive of starting on the home tone then moving a half step down and back up. To end the song, it goes back to the opening theme and each instrument has a chance to play part of the melody as a solo."

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