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Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen (arr. Møller)

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Subtitle: Dance of the Cocks [or Cockerels] : From the Opera 'Masquerade'

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1972
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Dance of the Cockerels from Masquerade is one of Carl Nielsen's most popular pieces. It belongs to Act III of the opera [representing] the festivities at the big masked ball which brings all the participants together, high and low, young and old. The dance is in 3/4 time – not like a waltz, perhaps rather like a Polonase. We her the proud cockerel strutting around among the clucking hens. In the trio comes an eruptive, stereophonic episode where trumpets, bassoons, flutes and horn cry out to one another - like young roosters squabbling over the hens.

- Program Note from liner notes of CD "At Long Last Live," University of South Florida Wind Ensemble

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V


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