Incantation and Dance
Flute (2 players; composer asks for divisi a3 at meas. 94)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (1st Clarinet is divisi a3)
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet (doubles the String Bass part)
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
String Bass (doubles the Bb Contrabass Clarinet part)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:
- Bass Drum
- 2 Bongos
- 2 Timbales
- Cymbals (crash)
- Gourd (guiro)
- Temple Blocks (5)
- See Kopetz article in Additional Resources for extensive errata list.
- See also Errata Studies for the Wind Band Conductor, Volume 1
The following errors are in the PARTS:
- Flutes, m. 144, beat 1: G should read G sharp.
- B-flat Clarinet 3, m. 92: rehearsal figure 93 should read 92.
- Alto Saxophone 2, m. 218, beat 4: sixteenth notes should read eighth notes.
- B-flat Trumpets 1, 2, m. 149: add "mute out" [?]. / m. 168: add "open" [?]. / m. 212, beat 3: F-flat should read F natural, D should read D-flat. / m. 226: rehearsal figure 266 should read 226.
- B-flat Trumpets 3, 4, m. 149: add "mute out" [?]. / m. 168: add "open" [?]. / m. 187: add rehearsal figure "187."
- Horns in F 3 & 4, m. 27: Tempo I [quarter note = 138] should read [quarter note = 54]. / m. 234, beat 2&: add eighth rest / m. 234,: delete final eighth rest.
The present title of this work suggests a religious orientation, but not towards any of the established religions of a Western or Eastern culture. To the standard deities one offers prayers -- incantations are uttered in rituals of magic, demonic rites, and the conjuring up of spirits, evil and benign. The opening Incantation is full of mystery and expectation, wandering, unstable and without tonality. The Dance also begins quietly, but percussion instruments quickly begin, one by one, to drive a rhythmic pattern of incredible complexity and drive. As other instruments are added, the dance grows wilder and more frenzied. The brasses hammer out ferocious snarls -- the woodwinds fly in swirling scales. Here there is no pretty tune but a paroxysm of rhythm, a convulsion of syncopation that drives on and on, mounting in tension, to a shattering climax of exaltation.
Incantation and Dance was premiered as Nocturne and Dance by Herbert Hazelman and the Greensboro High School Band on November 16, 1960. The original version (saved by Hazelman) has several interesting differences, including 31 additional measures. It was programmed at the NBA convention in New Orleans in June 1995 by Robert Pouliot and the City of Fairfax Band.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
For Herbert Hazelman and the Greensboro Senior High School.
- Program Note from score
- Audio CD: Illinois State University Wind Symphony (Stephen Steele, conductor)
- MP3 Download: Illinois State University Wind Symphony (Stephen Steele, conductor)
- Florida: VI --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
- Minnesota - Category I
- New York: VI
- Maryland: VI
- Oklahoma: IV
- Texas: IV
- Virginia: VI
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- Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (Joseph D. Conti, conductor) – 24 April 2019
- Clovis (Calif.) West High School Wind Symphony (Bryan Chesi, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
- Manhattan (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Sarah Fernandez, conductor) - 14 March 2019
- Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Clay Redfield, conductor) – 13 March 2019
- University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) - 28 February 2019
- University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 25 February 2019
- University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 8 February 2019
- CJMEA (New Jersey) Region II Wind Ensemble (T. André Feagin, conductor)- 13 January 2019
- Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (East Lansing, Mich.) (Arris Golden, conductor) – 2 December 2018
- Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Ryan S. Smith, conductor) – 3 December 2018
- Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 20 November 2018
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (Timothy Ellison, conductor) – 14 November 2018
- Youngstown State University (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Stephen Gage, conductor) – 18 October 2018
- California State University, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 11 October 2018
- Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 5 October 2018
- West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Jay Drury, conductor) – 2 October 2018
- Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 22 July 2018
- University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) – 2 May 2018
- Penn State University (University Park) Campus Band (Jacob Bender, conductor) – 24 April 2018
- Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (Tacoma, Wash.) (John Falskow, conductor) – 25 March 2018
- California State University, Northridge, Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 8 March 2018
- Arkansas Winds (Farmington) Community Concert Band (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 3 March 2018
- Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 1 March 2018
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Blue Lake Overture (1971)
- Elegy (1972)
- Incantation and Dance (1960)
- Symphony No. 2 (1972)
- Variations on a Korean Folk Song (1967)
- Anthony, Donald Allen. (1981) "The Published Band Compositions of John Barnes Chance." Ed.D diss. University of Southern Mississippi.
- Chance, J. (1963). Incantation and Dance [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York]
- Goza, David. Taking a Chance on Chance Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association Website.
- Kopetz, Barry. (1992) "An Analysis of Chance's Incantation and Dance." The Instrumentalist 47 (October), pp. 34-38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 107-108. Reprinted in Conductors Anthology, Volume 2 (Northfield, Ill: Instrumentalist, 1989), pp. 232-241.
- Miles, Richard, compiler and editor. (1998) Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 2. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 166-173.
- The Ostwald Prize Archives
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 119.