Bright-Colored Dances

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Lewis J. Buckley

Lewis J Buckley

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General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 8:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cimarron Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00; (digital) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


1. Butterfly Yellow – 2:45
2. Clarinet Green – 1:30
3. Comic Royal Purple – 1:55
4. Tarantella Red – 1:55


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III:

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composer Lewis Buckley writes,

Each of the four movements of Bright-Colored Dances represents a visual image of motion to me. In the first, Butterfly Yellow, a beautiful golden ball of light finds a dark, empty stage. The ball of light floats out onto the stage, hesitant at first, then breaks into a joyful dance. In the second movement, Clarinet Green, graceful classical dance is the image, represented by the clarinet, whose beautiful middle range has always appeared green to me. The third movement, Comic Royal Purple, presents that haughty, empty-headed public official whom we all know, strutting around all puffed up with self-importance. The tuba cadenza perfectly represents this ridiculous dolt. Tarantella Red is both a tribute to my Italian heritage and a vivid image of excited, emotional dancers surrounded by an enthusiastic, clapping crowd. I have always envisioned the tarantella in tones of red.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Fresno State University (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) - 6 October 2022
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble (Carolyn A. Barber, conductor) - 8 October 2021
  • Concord (Mass.) Band (James O'Dell, conductor) – 4 March 2017

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