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Danse Folâtre

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

The title translates from the French as Exuberant Dance.

General Info

Year: 1987 / 1991 / 2012
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., through Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Tubo
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Danse Folâtre was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band following the success of Festival Variations (1982). It was premiered in December 1986 at the Midwest Clinic, conducted by Lieutenant Colonel James M. Bankhead. An English translation of the title is “dance exuberant”, and it was tailored for the excellent musicianship and talents of the U.S. Air Force Band, including high-pitched, fanfare brass, detailed and high-tempo passages, and complex rhythms.

A major virtuoso effort to display the exceptional capabilities of each section of the band, Danse Folâtre remains a crown jewel in the concert band repertoire and a tour de force among Smith’s compositions. The vivace finale is as thrilling as any ever written.

- Program Note from Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra concert program, 17 December 2016


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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