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Danse de la Chèvre (Goat’s Dance) is a piece written for solo flute in 1919 and was intended for use in theatre. The piece represents the reminiscences of an aged goat. It begins as the goat slowly wakes up, the first nine bars are the goat awaking and sleepily reminiscing on his past. In bar seven there is an premonition of the later dance. In bar ten the crescendo over the 4 notes almost echo the goat getting up the nerve to try a preliminary frolic, although this ends in disaster with the descending chromatic run in bar thirteen which represents the goat falling head over heals and landing with a thud at the end.

The actual dance gets going in bar 14. It starts of quietly as a past echo but gradually builds up in volume as the goat gets bolder and actually starts to prance about. At the end of bar 34 the tempo decreases as the goat remembers the consequences of his dance in the past, the tempo increases again when the goat remembers one particularly successful episode in bar 40. There is one final flourish in the descending run in bar 48. Bar 49 heralds a return to the main dance theme for a brief 5 bars after which the goat wanders off, sadly reminiscing using the same theme as in bar 35. Bar 61 is the goats final thought on the matter, being a quiet echo of one bar of the original dance theme. After a bar pause the goat starts to wander off, echoing the starting theme. The final bar is the very last thought of the goat as he pauses to look back to check that no one as seen him.

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