Gazebo Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
John Corigliano

John Corigliano

General Info

Year: 1972 / 1974
Duration: c. 16:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano Four-Hands
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score & Parts - Rental


1. Overture - 4:50
2. Waltz - 2:45
3. Adagio - 5:50
4. Tarantella - 2:35


Full Score
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 Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes (or Tubular bells)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Handbells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In Score and Part:

  • Percussion, All Movements: The score never indicates cymbal choices. Although it's generally obvious, the first movement is considerably crisper in sound when a stick is used with a suspended cymbal versus traditional crash cymbals.
  • Bassoon, Mvt. II, m.40: Missing crescendo found in both baritone and bass parts.
  • Bassoon, Mvt. II, m.172: Missing articulation on beat 1 — should be staccato and accent.
  • B-flat Trumpet II, Mvt. I, m.139: Not entirely errata, but an observation. Trumpet 1 and 3 are senza sord., but trumpet 2 is muted. The score reminds trumpet 2 at m.135 to be muted, but it seems odd that two thirds of the trumpets would be open on a unison line.
  • E-flat Alto Sax I, Mvt. II, m.83: In the alto clarinet cue, the last eighth note should be an E and not a C#.
  • Percussion, Mvt. I, m.139: Not entirely errata, but an observation. There is no crash cymbal hit on beat 1, but the orchestral version and the recording by the North Texas Wind Symphony includes it.
  • Percussion, Mvt. IV, m.175-176: Not entirely errata, but an observation. A soft stick roll to a hard stick attack is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Two player are required, or it might be easier to simply have the roll be with sticks as well.

In Score:

  • Flute II, Mvt. I, m.24: Missing a tie between beats 2 and 3.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, Mvt. I, m.74: Ambiguous marking; the solo is in clarinet 2.
  • Trombone I & II, Mvt. III, m.24: Missing a slur from the "e" of beat 4 to beat 5. The part is correct.
  • Bells, Mvt. I, m.172: The bells rhythm is difficult to read. It should be an eighth rest, two sixteenth notes on 'G', and an eighth note 'G' on beat 2.

In Parts:

  • Flute I, Mvt. II, m.107: Key change is missing to E major.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, Mvt. III, m. 4: Clarinet 2 has an incorrect tie. Both halves of the measures should have phrase marks, but not ties.
  • Tuba, Mvt. III, m.24: The tuba part has an extra eighth note; the score is correct.
  • Tuba, Mvt. III, m.25: Missing time change to 4/4.
  • Percussion, Mvt. II, m.85: Instrument is ambiguous; it should be triangle, not snare drum.
  • Percussion, Mvt. IV, m.175: Measure marking 175 is located in the incorrect location.

- Errata from Tyler Ehrlich Website

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 composer


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Texas: IV (mvt. 3 plus any other movement)


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Ryan Kelly, conductor) - 21 April 2023
  • Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McInturf, conductor) - 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 31 January 2020
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Duker, conductor) - 5 May 2018
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (William Talley, conductor) – 6 November 2017
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Joshua Gall, conductor) – 11 October 2017
  • Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band (Harvey Benstein, conductor) – 7 March 2017
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 25 February 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 14 February 2017
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John E. Williamson, conductor) – 18 October 2016
  • Libertyville (Ill.) High School (Adam Gohr, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Texas) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 3 April 2016
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 31 March 2016
  • Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Ted Shistle, conductor) – 19 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 22 January 2015
  • United States Army Band (Eric LaPrade and Qing Qing Hilkert, conductors) – 23 July 2015
  • University of Michigan Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) - 13 April 2015

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