Bulgarian Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Franco Cesarini

Franco Cesarini

Subtitle: In Memoriam Alfred Reed

This work bears the designation Opus 35.

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 10:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mitropa, through De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €159.99   |   Score Only (print) - €27.50

Movements (played without pause)

1. Harvest Song from Thrace - 1:15
2. Song of Schopsko - 2:52
3. Todora is Taking a Nap - 2:57
4. The Golden Apple - 3:40


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Finger Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Tubular Bells
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bulgarian Dances is a free rhapsody, divided into four distinct movements based on famous Bulgarian folk songs. These songs have a very old tradition and stem from both the antique world of Byzantium and even earlier in the ancient and mysterious civilization of the Thrace region. In the beginning they were monodic songs, then diaphonic, with characteristic dissonances of major and minor seconds which make them unique. What also makes these songs so fascinating are seductive and complex irregular rhythms. The composer, while remaining faithful to the original spirit of the songs, has not hesitated to broaden the musical ideas, enriching them and making them more suitable to the rich palette of colours of contemporary concert bands.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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