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Movements, composed in 1987 and scored for flute, viola, bassoon, harpsichord and piano, is one of Peter Tranchell's final works. It was given its first performance at the May Week Concert in that year. It could be seen as a culmination of his life’s work, synthesizing his loves of art music with the dance and cabaret music that he had composed for Footlights.

Score and parts

Full score

Flute part

Viola part

Bassoon part

Harpsichord part

Piano part

Please refer to our guidance on the use of scores published by The Peter Tranchell Foundation.


The five movements, which are played without a break, combine ancient dances with those popular in the early 20th century. To emphasise the relevance to the audience in Caius College, echoes of the College Song, Carmen Caianorum, composed by Charles Wood, occur in the first and last movements, and the chimes of the Chapel bells (again composed by Charles Wood) are heard in various forms throughout (find out more about the College chimes here). The work lasts about 13 minutes at the marked tempi - probably somewhat longer in real performance.

1. Theme and Estampie

2. Rondo with three Episodes

  • Rondo: Turkey-trot
  • Episode 1: Passamezzo
  • Rondo II
  • Episode II: Passepied
  • Rondo III
  • Episode III: Mazurka
  • Rondo IV

3. Chorale

  • Chorale
  • Quickstep
  • Chorale en bourree

4. Romanza

  • Introduction
  • Romanza

5. Vaudeville

  • Couplet I: Espagnola
  • Refrain I: Polka en gallop
  • Couplet II: Softshoeshuffle en Marche
  • Refrain II: Polka
  • Couplet III: Slow Waltz
  • Refrain III: Polka
  • Couplet IV: Ragtime
  • Refrain IV: Polka and Coda