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Courtly Airs and Dances

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Ron Nelson

Ron Nelson


General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 11:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $17.50


Movements

1. Intrada - 0:45
2. Basse danse (France) - 1:50
3. Pavane (England) - 2:25
4. Saltarello (Italy) - 2:05
5. Sarabande (Spain) - 1:55
6. Allemande - 2:25


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum (with attached cymbal)
  • Castanets
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle (2)
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone

Players singing


Errata

  • Mvmt 4, Saltarello: M. 29, notes in Clarinet 1 (and alto cues) should match m. 25


Program Notes

Courtly Airs and Dances is a suite of Renaissance dances which were characteristic to five European countries during the 1500s. Three of the dances (Basse Dance, Pavane, and Allemande) are meant to emulate the music of Claude Gervaise by drawing on the style of his music as well as the characteristics of other compositions from that period. The festival opens with a fanfare-like Intrada followed by the Basse Danse (France), Pavane (England), Saltarello (Italy), Sarabande (Spain), and Allemande (Germany).

The work was commissioned by the Hill Country Middle School Band from Austin, Texas, Cheryl Floyd, director.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Minnesota: II
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: IV
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Concert Band (Nieves Villaseñor, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln High School Honor Band (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 26 January 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Andrey Cruz, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Stephen Lytle, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Tobin Shucha, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • University Heights Symphonic Band (Matthew Salvaggio, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Nicholas P. Waldron, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jochen McEvoy, conductor) – 6 November 2019
  • University Heights (Ohio) Symphonic Band (Matthew Salvaggio, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) ( Bryan P. Sherlock, conductor) - 1 August 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 16 June 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Zachary Taylor, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Campus Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Fostoria (Ohio) Community Band (Craig McKenzie, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Texas Concert Band (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, Conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • CSU, Pueblo, Festival of Winds Green Wind Orchestra (Timothy Diem, conductor) - 16 February 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Brett Bawcum, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Tamey Anglley, conductor) - 14 November 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 213-222.
  • Nelson, R. (1995).Courtly Airs and Dances: In Six Movements for Symphonic Band [score]. Ludwig Music: Cleveland, Ohio.