Five Little Dances
Paul Creston (trans. Robert Longfield)
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This work bears the designation Opus 24.
Year: 1946 / 2013
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00 | Score Only (print) - $7.50
1. Rustic Dance
2. Languid Dance
3. Toy Dance
4. Pastoral Dance
5. Festive Dance
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
Paul Creston was one of the most performed composers of the 1940s and '50s, and his music remains important and relevant today. His unique rhythmic and harmonic style is apparent in Five Little Dances, his only work for piano. Robert Longfield's marvelous adaptation for band retains the character and charm of these delightful dances.
- Program Note from publisher
Five Little Pieces was composed originally by Creston in 1946 as his Opus 24 for solo piano. The work belongs to a time when Creston had already garnered several composition awards, a measure of national recognition, and was writing prolifically for a wide variety of ensembles. Its tonal harmonic language, emphasis on music as song/dance, and rhythmic vitality stand as hallmarks of Creston's aesthetic approach.
- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band
- Florida: III
- Georgia: IV
- Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Grade B
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) - 3 December 2021
- Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Campus Band (Madison Argo, conductor) - 9 March 2021
- University of North Texas (Denton) Conductors Collegium (Carlye Michelle Latas, conductor) – 2014
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Anatolia (1968)
- Celebration Overture (1955)
- Celebration Overture (ed. Madden) (1955/2016)
- Concertino for Marimba and Band (1940/1975)
- Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (or Band) (1941/1963/1966)
- Fantasy for Trombone and Orchestra (or Band)
- Five Little Dances (trans. Longfield) (1946/2013)
- Kalevala (1971)
- Legend (1942/1945)
- Night in Mexico (tr. Yates) (1966/1997)
- Prelude and Dance (1959)
- Square Dance '76 (1977)
- Suite for Saxophone Quartet
- Zanoni (1949)
- Liberty Song ’76 (1976)
- Creston, P.; Longfield, R. (2013). Five Little Dances [score]. G. Schirmer: [New York].
- Cummings, Paul. "Five Little Dances." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 389-398. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.