Baron Piquant on Pointe

From Wind Repertory Project
Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts (Purchase) - $175.00   


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Egg Shakers (two pairs)
  • Glockenspiel (or Orchestra Bells)
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Pedal Bass Drum
  • Suspend Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Tubular Bells (or Chimes)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Baron Piquant on Pointe is the fourth in a series of dance pieces based on characters drawn from voodoo lore; the previous three are Baron Cimetiere's Mambo, Baron Samedi's Sarabande (and Soft Shoe), and Baron La Croix's Shuffle. The four Barons (or one; some voodoo practitioners maintain that the different names all refer to the same person) are all members of the family Ghede (pronounced Gay-day) —the loas (spirits) in charge of the intersection between the living and the dead. Despite this grim association, the Barons have a lighter side. All four are notorious tricksters with a marked fondness for brandy and tobacco. All dress alike—in black tailcoats and tall black hats, dark glasses with one lens missing, and carry canes and smoke cigars. The music depicts both their dark and light sides. Textures are primarily transparent and ethereal, but the atmosphere of all four is a bit sinister, mordant, and menacing.

Baron Piquant on Pointe was commissioned in 2011 by a consortium organized by the Whitthorne Middle School Band of Columbia, Tennessee; Joshua Kearney and Joshua Yohe, directors.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 14 April 2023
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) - 17 October 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Band (Corey Pompey, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Tiffany Galus, conductor) – 30 October 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Anthony Marinello, III, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Jacqueline Townsend, conductor) – 23 April 2018
  • Columbus State University Wind Orchestra (Joshua Kearney, conductor) – 1 December 2011 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Donald Grantham website
  • Ginocchio, John F. "Baron Piquante on Pointe." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 297-307. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.