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Blue Dances

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Giovanni Santos

Giovanni Santos


General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:35
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $24.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Flugelhorn
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Rainstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Whip


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Blue Dances is a work for wind ensemble dedicated to the beautiful people and island of Puerto Rico. After the devastating hurricane (Maria), I felt a need to give back in some way. My connection to Puerto Rico is deep. I had the privilege of living there for over nine years as a young boy. When the island suffers, I suffer. When the island celebrates, I celebrate. Composing Blue Dances was an act of love.

The piece starts with sounds of the ocean, and a delicate trio between the flute, oboe, and flugelhorn. The Latin melodies throughout the piece represent a positive outlook towards the future of this island. The people of Puerto Rico are resilient, strong, positive, and always loving. These beautiful sentiments are what I hope I was able to have Blue Dances represent.

- Program Note by composer


Blue Dances was commissioned by a consortium of 20 high school and university band programs.


Commercial Discography

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Performances

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  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Faith Hall, conductor) - 13 April 2021
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Doris Doyon Vann, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Brian Gibbs, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • Bridgewater (Va.) College Symphonic Band (Christine Carrillo, conductor) – 7 April 2019 *Premiere Performance*
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John Watkins Jr., conductor) – 28 February 2019


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