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Pequeña Czarda

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Pedro Iturralde

Pedro Iturralde (arr. Roger Niese)

Subtitle: Alto Saxophone and Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 1949 / 2005
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: V (soloist), IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €127.00   |   Score Only (print) - €24.00


Full Score
Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet
Contrabass 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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Spanish composer Pedro Iturralde (b. 1929) has to be considered both as pioneer and nestor [sic] of Spanish jazz music. Pequeña Czarda (Little Dance) is a virtuoso little solo piece for saxophone and piano in classic style. Roger Niese did make a transcription for alto saxophone and symphonic band.

- Program note by publisher

Pequeña Czarda (Little Dance) was composed by Pedro Iturralde (1929-) when he was 20 years old. The present version was orchestrated by his brother Javier and has been arranged for symphonic band by Roger Niese. Iturralde is a Spanish saxophonist, saxophone teacher and composer, and a pioneer of Spanish jazz music.

- Program note by Sacramento Symphonic Winds

The ”czarda” is a popular Hungarian dance in binary form, often characterized by a variation in tempo -- it starts out slowly (lassü) and ends in a very fast tempo (friss, literally ”fresh”). It is danced by a male and female, with the female wearing a traditional wide skirt which takes on a distinctive shape as it twirls. One notable example of a czarda can be found in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, sung by Rosalinde. Roger Niese’s arrangement of Iturralde’s Pequeña Czarda (little dance) is a virtuoso solo piece for alto saxophone and band.

- Program Note by Rich Pauch for the Wheaton Municipal Band concert program, 21 December 2017


Sample download; ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Iturralde, P.; Niese, R. (2005). Pequeña Czarda : Alto Saxophone and Symphonic Band [score]. Baton Music: Pequeña czarda : Eindhoven, Netherlands.