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Yiddish Dances

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Adam Gorb

Adam Gorb

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £87.50   |   Score Only (print) - £26.00


1. Khosidl – 3:15
2. Terkishe – 2:15
3. Doina – 2:00
4. Hora – 4:25
5. Freylachs – 4:15


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongo
  • Clash Cymbals
  • Cowbell
  • Hi Hat
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbals (2)
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Wood block
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Trumpet II, Mvt. 1, m.6, second note: A is missing in the part.

In Score and Parts:

  • Horn in F I-IV, Movement 2/6 bars before rehearsal 24: Bass clef notation is quite confusing. This should be old bass clef horn notation instead of the modern one (in other words, the printed notes in bass clef are played an octave higher than written).

Program Notes

Yiddish Dances was commissioned by Timothy Reynish for his 60th birthday. It is very much a party piece and brings together two of my abiding musical passions: the symphonic wind ensemble and klezmer -- the folk music of the Yiddish speaking people. The piece is about fourteen minutes long and is in five movements, all based on set klezmer dances:

I. Khosidl - a medium tempo 2/4 in which the music moves between satire, sentimentality, and pathos.
II. Terkishe - an up-tempo Jewish tango.
III. Doina - a free recitative in which various instruments in the band get a chance to show off.
IV. Hora - slow 3/8 time with a characteristic rocking rhythm.
V. Freylachs - very fast 2/4 time in which themes from the previous movements are recalled, ending in a riotous “booze-up” for all concerned.

Le Chaim! - to Life!

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: VI
  • North Carolina: Concert Band Masterworks
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Oregon: VI-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble (John Climer, conductor) – 8 April 2021
  • University of Central Arkansas (Conway) Wind Ensemble (Ricky Brooks, conductor) – 16 March 2021
  • Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble (Hampton, Va.) (William Garlette, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) Wind Ensemble (Jacqueline Dawson, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Young Artists Wind Ensemble (Boston, Mass.) (David Martins, conductor) – 14 July 2019
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 28 November 2018
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Bob Belser, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Boston University (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 2 October 2018
  • Henry (Tx.) Middle School Band (Robert Herrings, conductor) – 16 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • El Cerrito (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Keith Johnson, conductor) – 15 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 12 December 2017
  • New York Wind Symphony (Central Valley) (Richard Rogan, conductor) – 9 December 2017
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (James Spinazzola, conductor) – 17 November 2017
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) – 18 February 2017
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 19 January 2017
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) – 18 December 2016
  • Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, Eng.) Wind Orchestra (Timothy Reynish, conductor) – 9 March 1998 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Adam Gorb lecture: The Art of Scoring – WASBE Journal Volume 9.
  • Adam Gorb website
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 740-748.