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Paeans and Dances of Heathen Iberia

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Carlos Surinach

Carlos Surinach

General Info

Year: 1959
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edition Peters
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $18.75


1. Fertility Rite
2. Dance of the Playful Love
3. Pagan Ode
4. Dance of the Warriors
5. Shepherd's Song
6. Apotheosis


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-VI
Oboe I-VI
English Horn I-II
Bassoon I-VI
Contrabassoon I-II
E-flat Sopranino Clarinet
B-flat/A Clarinet I-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat/C Trumpet I-VI
Horn in F I-VI
Trombone I-IV
Bass Trombone I-II
String Bass I-II
Percussion I-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals (3 pairs)
  • Hawk Bells
  • Midget [Hand] Cymbals
  • Military Drum
  • Pandero
  • Sheep Bells
  • Ratchet (regular and small)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone

N.B. Parts are often in pairs or threes. However, oboes and English horns are in a six-part and two-part divide, respectively, for the entirety of Shepherd's Song.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composer Carlos Surinach has provided the following notes about his Paens and Dances of Heathen Iberia: “The work is an anthology of six hymns and dances of the pagan communities in medieval Spain. Primitivism has been handled boldly according to scripts and documents, but no musicological commitment has been taken. The music is completely Spanish with constant allusions to the chivalry of the 12th century, with ideas emphasized at times to a degree of animal primitivism where sensuous feelings keep their basic purity without being disturbed by any musical technique other than the one emanating from the pattern involved.”

-Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Eastman Wind Ensemble (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 24 November 2014

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