These dances were written to commemorate the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales, at Caernarfon Castle, in July 1969. Written to a commission from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (who premiered this work on 22 June 1969), the “Investiture Dances” are based on characteristics of Welsh folk music rather than specific pre-existing tunes.
Band directors will find the “Investiture Dances” to be completely idiomatic of the Concert Band, with the music appropriate for concert and festival performance. The arrangement offers consistent performance requirements for all sections of the band, with exciting percussion interest. Each movement is based on the mixolydian mode, and are in a key compatible to wind instruments.