A Song and a Dance was written at the request of Steve Reeves, principal bass of the Melbourne Symphony, to serve as the 2011 compulsory piece for the age 14 and under ISB competition. As suggested by the title, the work is in two main sections; an arioso with da capo ornamentation and a rondo that derives much of its material from the opening section. As I composed I found myself increasingly grateful for all the hours spent in practice, rehearsal, and performance. A Song and a Dance is as much of the bass as it is for the bass. The work is designed to showcase many of the wonderful properties of the instrument while treating the piano as an equal partner in the music making.
By agreement of the writer and publisher, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the International Society of Bassists.