Albanian Dance

From Wind Repertory Project
Shelley Hanson

Shelley Hanson

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.95


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms (2: high and low)
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves (optional 3.0 octaves); optional Marimba)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This exciting setting of the well-known Albanian tune Shota captures the festive mood of a village dance. Incorporating the common folk-dance rhythm of long-long-short, this lively piece is scored in cut-time and has a 3 + 3 + 2 eighth-note pattern throughout. The work includes memorable melodies and interesting rhythms and effects, such as trombone glissandos and horn rips.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Eastern Europe has had a long tradition of brass bands, some of which include clarinets and, since the twentieth century, saxophones. Although the instruments now commonly used by concert bands look and sound somewhat different than some of the instruments used by Eastern European bands, this setting of the popular Albanian tune Shota seeks to re-create the festive mood of a raucous village dance, where just such a folk band would have provided the music. Present throughout the piece is the rhythmic pattern of long-long-short, which is a very common folk dance rhythm in many cultures.

This piece is based on part of the finale of the accordion concerto AccorDances, which was written for accordion virtuosos Mark Stillman. The present version was commissioned by Jane Church and the East Lansing High School Concert Band, and was premiered in November, 2003 with the composer conducting.

- Program Note from the score


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: II
  • South Carolina: V


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  • South Central Kansas Music Educators Association 56A Honor Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) - 2 December 2023
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (David Lofy, conductor) - 27 November 2023
  • Melbourne (Fla.) Municipal Band (Staci Rosbury, conductor) – 20 May 2023 (ACB 2023 Annual Convention (Orlando, Fla.))
  • Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) Symphonic Winds (Jack Jean, conductor) - 2 May 2023
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) - 15 February 2023
  • Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts (Murfreesboro) Wind Ensemble (Denny Hawkins, conductor) – 25 June 2022
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Slade Denman, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • California State University Northridge Wind Symphony (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) - 4 March 2022
  • Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.) Wind Symphony (Brian Casey, conductor) - 20 March 2021
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Varsity Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 21 February 2021
  • Clovis (Calif.) Community Band (Dan Linstrom, conductor) - February 2021 (Virtual)
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Wilson County (TN) High School Honor Band (Denny Hawkins, conductor) - 21 February 2020
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (T. André Fagin, conductor) - 12 December 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 12 November 2019
  • University of Dubuque (Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Cassandra Blanchard, conductor) – 2 November 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory Concert Band (Winchester, Va.) (Keith Taylor, conductor) – 26 October 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • Manhattan Wind Ensemble (New York) (Laurel Stinson, conductor) – 23 May 2019
  • Blythewood (S.C.) High School Concert Band (Quintus Wrighten, conductor) - 16 May 2019
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) University Band (Carl Rowles, conductor) – 30 April 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Guides to Band Masterworks, Vol. 5 (David Kish). Meredith Music.
  • Hanson, S. (2005). Albanian Dance [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 347.
  • Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol. 8.