Gold, Silver & Bronze - Cedric Peachey

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Gold, Silver & Bronze - Cedric Peachey

Lehar’s “Gold & Silver Waltz”, composed after the first modern Olympics, mirrored a more innocent time when taking part was as important as winning. The score explores three of his waltz themes. The first movement travels back to the 20th century using electronic sounds and journeys through the tragedy of two world wars. In the second movement, a jazz sextet celebrates the new wave of superb athletes, from the first black Americans to newly liberated colonies. The last movement, for wind orchestra and percussion ensemble, evokes the disappointment of those who fail to win a medal before moving to a vigorous re-statement of the opening from Lehar’s Waltz, first heard in 1902.

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