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Armenian Dances, Part Two

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

This work encompasses the second, third and fourth movements of the composer's Armenian Dances.

General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 20:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $250.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. Hov Arek – 5:10
2. Khoomar – 4:50
3. Lorva Horovel – 8:55


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom (small)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Armenian Dances, Part II is the final three movements of the complete suite. Included are The Peasant’s Plea, Wedding Dance, and Songs of Lori. Imaginatively developed from the Armenian folk song collections of Gomidas Vertabed.

Armenian Dances, Part Two was commissioned by the A.G.B.U. Alex Manoogian Cultural Fund and dedicated to Dr. Harry Begian.

- Program Note from publisher

In his Armenian Dances (Part II), Reed has captured many of the styles, tempos, and subtleties of the Armenian folk songs and dances. Part II was commissioned after the highly successful premiere of Part I, which was completed in 1977. The two parts comprise a full-length symphony. Reed, acting as arranger and composer, drew his inspirations from the vast collection of Gomidas Vartabed (1869-1935). Gomidas has been credited as the founder of Armenian classical music for his work on preserving and documenting over four thousand folk songs.

Khoomar is a female Armenian name. This movement is based on a light-hearted song that depicts how two young people meet and marry. The wedding dance conveys the joy and excitement of the occasion. Lorva Horovel is a plowing song from the district of Lori. The multiple themes in this movement are varied in rhythmic and melodic structure. They reflect the physical and spiritual feelings of the farmer as he proceeds with his work. The sheer effort of this undertaking sets a heavy tone to the movement as the brass and percussion make their introductory proclamations. The farmer pleads with his oxen to put themselves into the task. Good progress and bright spirits are represented by a fast dance common to Eastern Armenia. A slow and plaintive song (Giligia) tells of a longing for his country and lost homeland. The mood picks up with a presto dance theme that builds to a dramatic closing.

- Program Note by William V. Johnson for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 14 April 2007


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • New York: VI
  • North Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Mark Sackman, conductor) – 4 May 2019
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Manfredo, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Andy Pease, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Concert Band (Wesley J. Broadnax, conductor) – 19 March 2018
  • California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony (John Alan Carnahan, conductor) – 9 March 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Kevin Kastens, conductor) – 4 December 2017
  • Illinois State University Symphonic Winds (Joe Manfredo, conductor) – 6 February 2015
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) – 14 April 2007
  • New World School of the Arts Wind Ensemble (Rodester Brandon, conductor) – 24 January 2003
  • High School Concert Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) – 31 July 1987

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