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BALAKRISHNAN: Spider Dreams / BEAL: Interchange / GILLESPIE: A Night in Tunisia

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Spider Dreams: I. Spider Dreams
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Spider Dreams: II. Waterfall with blenders
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Interchange: I. Introductions
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Interchange: II. Dialogue
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Interchange: III. I solisti
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Interchange: IV. Tutti
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A Night in Tunisia (arr. for string quartet and orchestra)
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Blue in Green - 7 Steps to Heaven
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Bach - Bach's Lunch
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Who do you think you are? (arr. for string quartet)
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