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Danse Diabolique

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Joseph Hellmesberger Jr.

Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. (trans. Tohru Takahashi)

General Info

Year: c. 1900 / 1995 / 2003
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts - $123.00   |   Score Only - $19.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
Bassoon I-II
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In Parts and Score:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.155-158: Add "Staccato" on all notes.
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.148: First note is C, not D.
  • Trombone I-II, m.285-292: Cue notes are not necessary.
  • Percussion I (Glockenspiel), m.146: Add "Flat" on second note.
  • Timpani, m.341: G, not A.

Program Notes

Joseph Hellmesberger (1855-1907) was born into a Viennese musical family. His grandfather was the first concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, and his father was a famous violinist as well as a conductor and composer. Hellmesberger started out as a virtuoso violinist and later became a well-known conductor; he was appointed musical director of the Vienna Philharmonic. After his penchant for young female dancers of the State Theater led to a scandal, he left Vienna and concentrated on composing light music, particularly operetta.

Das Veilchenmadel was successful around Europe and saved him from financial ruin. Hellmesberger also wrote a variety of dances, including Danse Diabolique. It is an exciting piece with an energetic waltz at its height. The Phrygian mode (D-Eb-F-G-A-Bb-C) results in a diabolic atmosphere, yet at the height of the work there is an energetic waltz, a nod to the composer’s musical heritage.

- Program note by Virginia Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2012


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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