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The Dance of the Bull comes from Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer's (b. 1933) larger suite, the Crown of Ariadne, based on the Greek myth of Thesus, Ariadne and the minotaur. The Dance of the Bull is an aggressive piece depicting the minatour full of fury, with brief moments when the light and airy gestures of Adriadne break through. Many percussive extended techniques are employed, including the xylophone effect, the thunder gliss, the extensive use of pedal slides, and scraping the strings with a coin.