Ballroom Portraits

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Daniel Bukvich

Daniel Bukvich

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General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 28:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. Irene and Vernon Castle – 4:00
2. Harry Fox – 4:25
3. Elida Webb and Flournoy Miller – 4:15
4. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – 7:10
5. George Shorty Snowden – 7:55


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Program Notes

Ballroom Portraits was commissioned in memory of Walter Howard Snodgrass, longtime Idaho and Pacific Northwest school band director and officer in the National Music Educators Association. The Snodgrass family requested that this new piece be modeled upon Walt’s favorite band composition, Suite of Old American Dances, by the famous Broadway theater orchestrator, arranger, and composer, Robert Russell Bennett. The family also suggested that the melodic and harmonic material be derived from a song written by Walter in 1941 for his wife-to-be, Doris.

The first music you hear in Movement 1 presents both Walt’s song and an echo of the introduction to Suite of Old American Dances. As in the Robert Russell Bennett original, Ballroom Portraits has five movements, each a representation of the dancer or dance couple and the dance/dance-steps they are associated with:

1. Irene and Vernon Castle “The Castle Walk” (1912)
2. Harry Fox “Fox’s Trot” (1913)
3. Elida Webb and Flournoy Miller “The Charleston” (1923)
4. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers “The Motion Picture Waltz” (1933)
5. George “Shorty” Snowden “The Lindy Hop” or “Jitterbug” (1936)

- Program Note from liner notes of Mark CD Music of Daniel Bukvich


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