Ritual Fire Dance (arr Bocook)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
Percussion (5 players), including:
- Bass Drum
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
El Amor Brujo("Love Bewitched") had its world premiere in Madrid in 1915 and its American premiere in 1922 with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Falla's scoring for orchestra was of classical proportions, without trombones or tubas. The band arrangement uses the full instrumentation for the climaxes, but much of the work is thinly scored as in the original composition.
Of the 13 movements of Falla's El Amor Brujo, the Ritual Fire Dance is probably the best known. With sudden changes in dynamics and mood, the composer captures all the excitement of the Andalusian folk dance. Although considered a pure folklore piece by many, the ballet does not contain a single authentic folk tune.
The subject of El Amor Brujo was taken from folk legend and concerns Candelas, the beautiful Spanish heroine who is in love with the handsome Carmelo, the bullfighter. However, she cannot approach him because of the constant intervention of a ghost representing a curse on the family. In desperation, she turns to sorcery, and as the clock strikes midnight, does the Ritual Fire Dance in an effort to banish the evil spirit that is ruining her life.
- Program Notes from Program Notes for Band
- North Carolina: IV
- South Carolina: IV
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) – 26 September 2019
- Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 7 May 2017
- Rio Rancho (N.M.) Symphonic Band (John Emory, conductor) - 19 October 2014
- Meaux (France) Wind Band (Marc Etcheverry, conductor) - 21 June 2014
Works for Winds by This Composer
- El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Suite No 2 (arr. Amano) (1917/1919)
- Final Dance from "The Three-Cornered Hat" (1919)
- La Danza from "La Vida Breve"
- Miller's Dance from "The Three-Cornered Hat" (1919)
- Ritual Fire Dance (arr. Bocook) (1915/2002)
- Ritual Fire Dance (tr. Gardner) (1915)
- Ritual Fire Dance (arr Morrissey) (arr Morrissey) (1966)
- The Three-Cornered Hat (tr. Patterson) (1919/2018)
- Falla, M.; Bocook, J. (2001). Ritual Fire Dance [score]. MusicWorks: Milwaukee, Wisc.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 200.