Wooden Dimes

From Wind Repertory Project
James Stephenson

James Stephenson (trans. by composer)

Subtitle: Ballet for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 23:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $400.00   |   Score Only (print) - $75.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (II doubling Alto Flute)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Floor Tom
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Wooden Dimes is James Stephenson’s first ballet, composed for the San Francisco Ballet. Once the original score was completed, Colonel Jason Fettig and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band commissioned the composer to create a concert suite for wind ensemble that would capture the most essential musical moments from the ballet, while still preserving the arc of the story.

The original ballet was choreographed by Danielle Rowe, based on a period tale of a stage performer and her beloved from the early part of the twentieth century: Wooden Dimes: The Story of Betty Fine and Robert Alder.

“Don’t take any wooden dimes” -- a saying used a lot in the 1920s, meaning: “Don’t be naïve, or don’t be fooled.

Betty and Robert have a love that they think they know and they think will last forever, but situations, circumstance, and their evolution as people inevitably change their relationship and therefore their love, and it ends up being nothing like they predicted.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 4 March 2022


State Ratings

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