Arabian Dances (flex)

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2009 / 2021
Duration: c. 6:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute/Piccolo
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet/Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone/E-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone/E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone/Baritone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone/Alto Clarinet
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone/Euphonium
  • Violincello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet/Contrabass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone/Contra-alto Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass

Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Darbukas (2)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Frame Drum
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine (or Cabasa)
  • Tam-tam (large)
  • Tom-tom (low)
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Explore Middle Eastern sounds with this work that combines authentic traditional melodies and rhythms with original music. After a haunting opening, authentic Middle Eastern percussion instruments create the groove that accompanies the folk song Ala Dal’ona. As the orchestration builds, original themes are intertwined before the percussion ensemble becomes the focus of the third section. The final melody, Tafta Hindi, develops until it morphs into an ostinato over a magnificent presentation of the original theme that is found throughout the work. A riveting ending brings this thrilling work to a dynamic close.

- Program Note from publisher

Original 2009 edition commissioned by the South Carolina Band Directors Association for the All-State Clinic Band.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southridge High School (Beaverton, Ore.) Wind Ensemble (Cameron Jerde, conductor) - 7 March 2022

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