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Symphonic Dances from "Fiddler on the Roof"

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Jerry Bock

Jerry Bock (arr. Hearshen)

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper

Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This landmark Broadway musical includes marvelous dance sequences with unique ethnic stylings. From the rousing To Life and Tradition to the tender Chava Sequence and Perchik and Hodel Dance to the signature Wedding Dance (Bottle Dance), this is a magnificent work for the mature ensemble.

-Program Note by publisher

Much of the popular music in our country originally came from Broadway musicals. This music comes from a show which opened on Broadway in 1964 and ran for 3,242 performances, setting a record for the longest running musical in history. It held that record for almost 10 years and still claims the 14th longest record in musical theater history. This is a marvelous and exciting arrangement by Ira Hearshen of the Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof.

-Program Note by Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band

The 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof was a blockbuster, breaking many Broadway records at the time. The script, adapted by Joseph Stein from the stories of Sholom Aleichem, was a musical portrait of Eastern European Orthodox Jews in the village of Anatevka experiencing pograms and the threat of expulsion by the Russian czar. It centers around the struggles of a poor Jewish milkman, Tevye, with five daughters, where life is as precarious as the perch of a fiddler on the roof. Tradition is what gives them strength against adversity. Tevye is tested when he needs to break the arranged match made between the butcher and Tevye’s eldest daughter, Tzeitel, who loves Motel, a struggling tailor. The Wedding Dance #1 (Bottle Dance) marks the celebration of Motel and Tzeitel’s wedding. Defiance to the prohibition against opposite sexes dancing together occurs in the Perchik and Hodel Dance, when the student dances with Tevye’s second daughter, Hodel. The czar’s forces perform a “demonstration” and wreck the wedding party.

Months later, Perchik must leave for Kiev to work for the revolution. He proposes to Hodel, saying he will send for her. Tevye protests that making their own match breaks tradition and he forbids it. He is informed that the youngsters only want his blessing, not his permission. Time passes and middle daughter, Chava, asks for permission to marry Fyedka, a Russian boy. Marriage outside of the Jewish faith is a tradition Teyve cannot break. He eventually loses her as the young couple elope. The loss of his daughters to the men they love is conveyed in a dance of the Chava Sequence. The story ends on a sad note that the Jews must leave Anatevka and Teyve, his wife, Golde, and their two youngest daughters pack what they can carry and leave for America. The music recalls a happier time with the dance To Life.

-Program Note by Roy Stahle for the Foothill Symphonic Winds

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Recent Performances

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  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Los Altos, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) - 8 December 2013
  • Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band (Dale Cleland, conductor) - 5 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Bock, J.; Harnick, S.; Hearshen, I. [2007]. Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee.