Baron Samedi's Sarabande (and Soft Shoe)

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Donald Grantham

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General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 6:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($300.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $55.00


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Program Notes

Commissioned by the Tennessee Tech University Wind Ensemble, Joseph Hermann, Conductor.

- Program Note from publisher

Baron Samedi’s Sarabande (and Soft Shoe) is one of four works based on related voodoo characters. Baron Samedi is the guardian of the crossroads between the living and the departed. Like many other of his compositions, the piece is a variation on a theme set in a familiar dance form, the “sarabande.” The sarabande evolved in the Baroque era and is characterized by tempo, meter, and rhythm. Capturing the different tasks assigned to this baron, he is portrayed as being “not quite tied to Earth” musically by the theme being scored primarily for woodwinds with no supporting bass accompaniment. Large chromatic sections give the listener a sense of uneasiness and only further enhances this musical instability. Toward the end, a “jazz band” takes over with the same tune presented in sarabande, only cleverly distorted almost beyond recognition.

- Program Note from Lone Star Wind Orchestra program notes, 6 October 2013

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (James Spinazzola, conductor) – 18 November 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Grantham, D. (2005). Baron Samadi's Sarabande (and Soft Shoe): Wind Ensemble [score]. Piquant Press: Austin, Tex.