As Winds Dance

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 1:30
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $5.50


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I can still hear my college sight-singing professor, Dr. Louis Munkachy, telling us, in his thick Hungarian accent, "Repetition is the mother of knowledge." For every bit of truth this statement holds, it is equally true that repetition is that natural enemy of the eleven- to thirteen year-old. Their motto more resembles: I did it great once; therefore, greatness must flow from me. So, in trying to compose a piece that painlessly introduced middle level students to syncopation, I knew that repetition had to be present, but disguised so as not to look like something instructive. Moreover, the students would need to perceive (on their own) that the musical needs of the piece dictated how many times a syncopated pattern would recur. I believe that balance exists in As Winds Dance. I hope you and your students enjoy it.

This piece was commissioned by Stephen Kraus for the young students he loves to teach. After twelve years of top-notch high school band directing (including an appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade and earning the title for the longest parade march in the Guinness Book of World Records), he took a paternity leave at the peak of his career, shortly after his first child was born. He now teaches elementary instrumental music in the North Allegheny School District.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: II
  • Maryland: II
  • South Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: II
  • West Virginia: II


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