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Gazebo Dances

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John Corigliano

John Corigliano

General Info

Year: 1972 / 1974
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score & Parts: Rental


1. Overture
2. Waltz
3. Adagio
4. Tarantella


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (Bass)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes (Tubular bells)
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Handbells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gazebo Dances was originally written as a set of four-hand pieces dedicated to certain of my pianist friends. I later arranged the suite for orchestra and for concert band, and it is from the latter version that the title is drawn. The title Gazebo Dances was suggested by the pavilions often seen on village greens in towns throughout the countryside, where public band concerts were given on summer evenings. The delights of that sort of entertainment are portrayed in this set of dances, which begins with a Rossini-like Overture, followed by a rather peg-legged Waltz, a long-lined Adagio and a bouncy Tarantella.

Each movement was given a dedication, as follows:

I - for Rose Corigilano (composer's mother) and Etta Feinbert (composer's mother's best friend)
II - for John Ardoin (music critic for the Dallas Morning News and author)
III - for Heida Hermanns (composer's father's accompanist)
IV - for Jack Romann (head of Baldwin pianos and close friend) and Christian Steiner (photographer)

-Program note by John Corigliano

Commercial Discography

Concert Band

Piano Four-Hands


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State Ratings

  • Texas: V
  • Florida: VI

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