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Arabesque (Shaffer)

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David Shaffer

David Shaffer

General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company - Official Website
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A lush, slow opening section progresses through a triumphant fanfare into a lively faster section. The contrasting slow middle section emphasizes harmonic texture and contour, moving quickly into the energetic finale.

Arabesque was commissioned by the Utica Community Schools Board of Education, Utica, Michigan. The work was premiered by the Stevenson High School Band, Sterling Heights, Michigan, William Cable, director. It is dedicated to the memory of William Peper.

-Program Note from Publisher Website

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V


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  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (Danielle St. Amand, conductor) - 7 April 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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None discovered thus far.