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Dances for the Muse, Terpsichore

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Carol Brittin Chambers

Carol Brittin Chambers

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Excelcia Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


1. Branle de Champagne IX, Courante 2
2. Regina No. 12
3. Clara No. 16
4. Galliarde de la Guerre; Galliarde


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Frame Drum
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks (wooden)
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dances for the Muse, Terpsichore is a collection of various Renaissance dances written for modern-day concert band. The musical Renaissance era roughly covered the 15th and 16th centuries and saw an increase in not only the volume of music created and distributed to people (partly due to the invention of the printing press) but also a general increase in freedom and variety of rhythms, harmonies, and range compared to the previous Medieval period.

In addition to vocal and sacred music, many dances existed, which were extremely varied in nature. They ranged from stately, processional dances (bassadance, pavane) to fast, lively dances (galliard, courante.) This music was often played by consorts, or families, of instruments (precursors to the modern-day lute, violin, guitar, keyboard, bassoon, and trombone.)

While researching the history of this dance music, I discovered many composers of the time period. One prominent German composer was Michael Praetorius, who published a compendium of over 300 dances. He titled his collection Terpsichore, the name of one of the nine Muses in Greek mythology, the goddess of dance.

With my particular work, I decided to include dances from not only Praetorius, but other composers such as Claude Gervaise and Erasmus Widmann. And like Praetorius, I also decided to pay tribute to the Muse of dance, Terpsichore, by including her name in the title.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Dripping Springs High School Band, Dripping Springs, TX, for the 2021 Texas Music Educators Association 5A Performing Group, Directors Derek Woods, John Pearson, Amanda Petro, Jason Dye and Keith Lancaster, retired.

- Program Note from score

In Greek mythology, Terpsichore ("delight in dancing") is one of the nine Muses and goddess of dance and chorus. She lends her name to the word "terpsichorean" which means "of or relating to dance".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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None discovered thus far.


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