Armenian Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian (arr. Ralph Satz)

General Info

Year: 1945
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Allegro Moderato - 2:40
2. Allegro – 2:55


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Armenian Dances are but one of several examples of Khachaturian’s wind band writing. These dances were originally written for the Red Army Cavalry Band in 1943, then edited to accommodate full (Western) band instrumentation by Ralph Satz. It is unknown whether the themes are borrowed from Armenian culture or are original. Regardless, these dances show Khachaturian’s flair for melody and his penchant for layering rhythm to evoke mood.

- Program Note from University of Oregon Symphonic Band concert program, 11 February 2016


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Reed Stricsek, Conductor) - 3 March 2024
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Cassidy Nalepia, conductor) - 1 December 2023
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (German Gonzalez, conductor) - 28 May 2023
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Sarah Baker, conductor) - 18 November 2022
  • 2022 CBDNA North Central Intercollegiate Band (Madison, Wisc.) (Rebecca Phillips, conductor) – 8 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • Northern Symphonic Winds (Potsdam, N.Y.) (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Andy Collinsworth, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 14 October 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Daniel J. Farris, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 12 May 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • San Houston State University (Huntsville, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Brian Gibbs, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • Centenary Wind Ensemble (Shreveport, La.) (Thomas Hundemer, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Symphonic Band (Denny Hawkins, conductor) - 11 October 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) – 21 February 2018
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) - – 26 October 2017
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 27 October 2016
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Joe Busuito, conductor) - 21 July 2016
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Symphonic Band (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 11 February 2016
  • Florida All-State Concert Band (Rebecca Phillips conductor) – 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Khachaturian, A.; Satz, R. [1945]. Armenian Dances: Composed for Band [score]. Leeds Music: New York.