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Ritual Fire Dance (arr Bocook)

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Manuel de Falla

Manuel de Falla (arr. Jay Bocook)

General Info

Year: c. 1915 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

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


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • 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.