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Danza Final

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Alberto Ginastera

Alberto Ginastera (arr. David John)

Subtitle: From the Ballet 'Estancia'

This work bears the designation Opus 8 No. 4.

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1965
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An estancia is a large Argentinian cattle ranch. In his ballet, Alberto Ginastera depicts the hustle and bustle of a busy day on an estancia. The story is centered around a love triangle between a city boy who falls in love with a beautiful ranch girl. Unfortunately, she dismisses him as unworthy in comparison to the other more masculine gauchos (horsemen) who work on her father’s estancia. However, the city boy follows her to the ranch, determined to prove himself.

A malambo is a quick and vigorous Argentinean folk dance in which male dancers compete to demonstrate their agility and machismo. The dance itself is a series of “anything you can do, I can do better” moments after which the “winner” is the last man standing. In the final movement of Estancia, Ginastera utilizes the malambo to present the city boy competing with the gauchos for the heart of his beloved ranch girl.

- Program Note by the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2013

Danza Final (1953) is a dance movement from Ginastera’s ballet Estancia. The work was commissioned in 1941, but because the commissioning troupe was disbanded it was not performed until 1952. In the meantime, he extracted a four-movement suite for orchestra. The work became extremely popular and was transcribed for the United States Navy Band.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Ensemble concert program, 16 February 2017

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Ginastera, A.; John, D. (cop 1965). Danza Final: From Estancia [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York]
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 232.