Symphonic Dance V (Williams)

From Wind Repertory Project
Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams (transcribed by the composer)

Subtitle: New Generation

General Info

Year: 1965 / 2013
Duration: c. 6:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maestro & Fox
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $87.00   |   Score Only - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat 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
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drumset
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In Score:

  • Bassoon I-II, 14 measures before rehearsal A: "f" dynamic marking should be on beat 1 instead of beat 2
  • Baritone Saxophone, 14 measures before rehearsal A: "f" dynamic marking should be on beat 1 instead of beat 2

In Parts:

  • Bassoon I, 14 measures before rehearsal A: "f" dynamic marking should be on beat 1 instead of beat 2
  • Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, 1 measure before rehearsal S: Add a hairpin crescendo from beat 1 to 3
  • Tenor Drum, 14 measures before rehearsal A, beat 1: Add a "f" dynamic marking
  • Keyboard Percussion, 5 measures after rehearsal L: This should be on Xylophone
  • Harp, rehearsal T, beat 1: Top staff chord should be an octave higher

Program Notes

Symphonic Dance No. 5, “New Generation” (1965) is one of a group of five originally commissioned by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, which first performed the entire set of dances on January 30, 1965, under the baton of the composer. Williams transcribed dances two (The Maskers), three (Fiesta), and five for symphonic band. According to Williams, New Generation is a wedding of symphonic music and old big band jazz into one style.

- Program Note from University of North Texas University Band concert program, 9 November 2016

The composer quipped that "'New Generation' is the first piece of mine to be rejected by a publisher in more than fifteen years." He added that [part of] Symphonic Dance No. 5 "... is supposed to be humorous, a facetious take-off on the big band style of the 1940s, and then it has my usual big wind-up."

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Northwest Wind Symphony (Centralia, Wash.) (Dan Schmidt, conductor) - 21 January 2023
  • University of Louisiana Monroe Wind Ensemble (Derle R. Long, conductor) - 25 October 2021
  • Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Spittal) – 5 May 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Summer Concert Band (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 21 June 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Jack A. Eaddy Jr., conductor) - 9 November 2016
  • Heart of Texas Concert Band (San Antonio) (Mark Rogers, conductor) – 2012

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  • Perusal score
  • Williams, C. (2013). Symphonic Dance No. 5: "New Generation" [score]. Maestro & Fox Music: Shreveport, La.