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Solitary Dancer, The

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Warren Benson

Warren Benson

General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: 6:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shattinger Music
Cost': Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Fluegelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Small Suspended Cymbal
  • Bongos
  • Gourd
  • Brushes
  • Bells
  • Triangle



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To quote the introductory preface to this work, "The Solitary Dancer deals with quiet, poised energy that one may observe in a dancer in repose, alone with her inner music." Since its publication in 1970, this work has earned a respected place in the repertoire for advanced concert bands.

-Note by publisher

Benson sought quiet excitement in A Solitary Dancer, and this goal is fulfilled with translucent orchestration and the constant manipulation of color, minimal melodic materials, and subtle dynamic nuances. Challenges in this piece are not necessarily technical; rather, performers are required to demonstrate control and restraint while maintaining sonorities for extended periods of time. Individual exposure is frequent, and mature players are best suited to this unconventional work.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Iowa: V
  • Michigan: AA
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • California State University, Long Beach Wind Symphony (Jeffrey de Seriere, conductor) - March 2014
  • Texas Tech University Symphonic Band - February 2013

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