Urban Dances (Morales)

From Wind Repertory Project
Erik Morales

Erik Morales

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score - $11.00

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Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbal
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Drawing inspiration from elements of today's popular music, this serious concert piece focuses on rhythm as the primary developmental tool. Featuring a large battery of percussion, the piece uses the full gamut of colors available to the concert band. Heroic figures in the brass soar over the rhythmic pulses as the piece continues to build to a dynamic conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher

Urban Dances is a piece based on a concept developed in one of my earlier works, entitled Rhythmata. The most important part of this work is rhythm. The rhythms used are inspired by and found in much of today's popular music. My biggest challenge was to find ways to employ these rhythms in a manner appropriate to serious concert band literature. The melodic and thematic elements are important, but play a secondary (and largely supportive) role. In many instances, the thematic material will float over the rhythmic pulse, creating a double-time feel. The pulse of this work is persistent and lively throughout.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High Band Class B
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III


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  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Concert Band (Ron Gerhardstein, conductor) - 19 November 2023
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Honor Concert Winds (LaToya Webb, conductor) - 22 January 2023
  • Emporia (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (Gary Ziek, conductor) - 29 April 2022
  • Houston County High School (Warner Robins, Ga.) Symphonic Winds (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 23 February 2017
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Brian Logan, conductor) - 16 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Senior Honor Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 12 February 2014

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