Interstellar Tarantella

From Wind Repertory Project
Roger Zare

Roger Zare

General Info

Year: 2019 / 2020
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Group 1, Treble Clef Instruments

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Violin

Group 2, B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Euphonium T.C.

Group 3, E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone

Group 4

  • Horn in F

Group 5, Bass Clef Instruments

  • Bassoon
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Bass
  • Cello

Alto Clef Parts
Piano (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A tarantella is a fast and furious traditional dance that supposedly will help drain the venom after someone is bitten by a tarantula. While this emergency therapy is not very effective, the dance is a whirlwind of energy. While earthly tarantellas are usually in duple or quadruple time, this interstellar dance is in compound triple time (9/8), so each measure has three beats and each beat is divided into three.

This dance consists of two themes. The first is full of rhythmic vitality and is based on the characteristic rhythm of the tarantella -- a bouncy and repetitive long short long short idea. After this aggressive theme is passed around the ensemble, a second, more lyrical theme is stated. Finally, the dance culminates when these two ideas are combined, bringing the tarantella to a raucous close.

Interstellar Tarantella was commissioned by Samuel Fritz and the Center Grove Middle School Central Instrumental Music Program, and Ashley Carney and the Zionsville Middle School Orchestras. It is part of a set of pieces by the members of the Blue Dot Collective in 2019.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Four Part complete flexibility -- any four instruments will be able to perform this work, including strings.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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