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Five Elizabethan Dances

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Don Freund

Don Freund

Subtitle: From Romeo and Juliet (A Musical Drama by Don Freund)

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lauren Kaiser Music Pubishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $280.00


1. Galiard: Entry Dance
2. Basse danse: Romeo sees Juliet across the room
3. BassDumpe: Indignat Tybalt
4. Pavan: The Lovers Touch
5. La Volta: Unmasking, Departure


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum, small
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Log Drum
  • Marimba
  • Tambourine
  • Timbales (2)
  • Tom-Toms, (2) high
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Five Elizabethan Dances is drawn from the music that sets the scene and provides the accompaniment for the Ballroom Scene from Don Freund’s Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespearean Music Drama for singing actors and piano. The style of the dances is freely drawn from dances found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (music from ca. 1562 to 1612), spiced up with changing meters and chromatic twists of melody and harmony reflecting a more recent musical language. Each of the dances represents a pivotal scene-within-a-scene:

1. Galiard: Entry Dance (pompous)

Welcome, gentlemen! ladies that have their toes

Unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you.

2. Basse danse: Romeo sees Juliet across the room (tender)

Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!

For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.

3. Dumpe: Indignant Tybalt (heavy, rugged)

This, by his voice, should be a Montague.

Fetch me my rapier!

4. Pavan: The Lovers Touch (cool on the surface, burning inside)

Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.
(They kiss.)
Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.
Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!

Give me my sin again. (Kiss again.)

5. La Volta: Unmasking, Departure (festive)

Come hither, nurse. What is yond gentleman?
His name is Romeo, and a Montague;
The only son of your great enemy.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 3 November 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Don Freund website Accessed 4 November 2019
  • Freund, D. (2011). Five Elizabethan Dances : For Concert Band (2011) [score]. Lauren Kaiser Music: Maryland Heights, Mo.
  • Perusal score