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Ballo del Granduca

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Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (trans. Michael Walters)

General Info

Year: 1589 / 1981
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Harpsichord or organ
Publisher: E.C. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $73.45   |   Score Only (print) - $14.45


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed originally for harpsichord or organ, Ballo de Granduca is based on a melody taken from La Pellegrina by Emelio de Cavalieri and was first performed at the wedding of the Grand Duke Ferdinando of Tuscany in the city of Florence in 1589. The work includes the main theme and four variation settings of the Italian dance tune. It should be noted that while Ballo de Granduca is considered to be one of Sweelinck's most popular compositions, recent scholarly research now seems to support the premise that this work was actually written by one of his students, Samuel Scheidt.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


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State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Popjoy, James. "Ballo de Granduca." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 523-530. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.