Dances with Winds

From Wind Repertory Project
Shelley Hanson

Shelley Hanson

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 12:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $120.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


1. Gaida (Bagpipe) - 4:00
2. The Irish Star - 5:20
3. Serbian Dance - 3:20

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute II
Flute I
Oboe (or Soprano Saxophone or B-flat Clarinet)
Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet or Euphonium)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II (or Alto Saxophone for II)
B-flat Trumpet I-II (or B-flat Clarinet or Soprano Saxophone or Alto Saxophone)
Horn in F I (or Alto Saxophone)
Horn in F II (or Tenor Saxophone)
Trombone (or Bassoon, Bass Clarinet or Tenor Saxophone)
Tuba (or Euphonium, Trombone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet or String Bass)
Timpani (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Drum Set
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dances with Winds is based on folk tunes from three very different European regions.

Movement 1, Gaida, is named after the Macedonian bagpipe, which is less strident that the Celtic bagpipe. The two famous bagpipe tunes that are used show that a gaida can sound either very plaintive or very joyful.

Movement 2, The Irish Star, uses the well-known Irish folk tune “Star of the County Down.” Most often played in march tempo, this tune also can be performed as a waltz. Both versions are used here.

Movement 3, Serbian Dance, is a very fast folk dance called a “kolo.” This particular tune is often referred to as “Ciganski Urnebes.” Urnebes is a very popular type of Serbian salad, and Ciganski means “Gypsy,” so this wild dance is a “Gypsy Salad.”

Each movement may be played separately or as a complete work.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

The instrumentation of Dances with Winds is flexible. Although the “ideal” instrument is listed first for each part, only the flute and clarinet parts must be played by those instruments. This piece may be played by a woodwind choir, or if desired parts may be doubled for performance by a small band. The percussion parts are entirely optional. If only one percussionist is available, the Percussion I part should be used in preference to Timpani/Xylophone. Percussion dynamics are often marked at a lesser level than the ensemble as a whole to encourage the percussionist to play sensitively.

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Burlington (Iowa) Chamber Ensemble (Ben Grochowsky, conductor) - 19 November 2023
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band Chamber Players (Arris Golden, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Madison Argo, conductor) - 4 March 2021
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) - 8 December 2020
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Emma Silber, conductor) - 11 May 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble Chamber Players (James Popejoy, conductor) - 28 April 2019
  • Gettysburg (Penn.) College Wind Symphony (Russell McCutcheon, conductor) – 30 September 2016
  • Orange County Wind Symphony (Anaheim, Calif.) (Anthony Mazzaferro, conductor) - 23 November 2014
  • Austin (Minn.) High School Wind Ensemble (Bradley Mariska, conductor) - 4 March 2014
  • Macalester College Wind Ensemble (Shelley Hanson, conductor) - 22 November 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Hanson, S. (2008). Dances with Winds [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 346.