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Chorale and Shaker Dance

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John Zdechlik

General Info

Year: 1972
Duration: c. 9:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III (6-7 Players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel (extended high range required (high E))
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Flute I, 8 m. before rehearsal A: Add marking "tenuto"
  • Oboe, 8 m. before rehearsal A: Add marking "tenuto"
  • Oboe, 4 m. after rehearsal G: Add an accent on the E on beat 3
  • Oboe, 5 m. after rehearsal G: Add staccatos on the B and C on the & of beat 1 and beat 2
  • Oboe, 6 m. after rehearsal G: Remove staccato on the C on beat 3
  • Oboe, 1 m. before rehearsal L: The decrescendo down to the dynamic marking "pp" should start on the fermata
  • Oboe, 3 m. after rehearsal L: The decrescendo on beat 3 should end before the preceding measure (4 m. after rehearsal L)
  • Oboe, 5 m. before rehearsal M: Add a "f" dynamic marking on beat 1
  • Oboe, 4 m. after rehearsal N: Add an accent on the F# on beat 2
  • Oboe, 5 m. before rehearsal P: "mf" dynamic marking should be "f"
  • Oboe, 3 m. before rehearsal P: Add a tenuto on the F on the & of beat 4
  • Oboe, 4 m. after rehearsal Q: E-D-C sharp-B should read D-C sharp-B-A
  • Oboe, 3 m. before rehearsal T: Add staccatos on the C and B-flat eighth notes on beat 2
  • Bassoon, 8 m. before rehearsal V: Add "Allegro"
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, 4 m. after rehearsal M, beat 2: B-flat should read B natural
  • 2nd Trombone, II, 2 m. before rehearsal . N, beat 3: hairpin crescendo should read hairpin decrescendo
  • 2nd Trombone, II, 1 m. before rehearsal N: hairpin crescendo should begin on beat 1 (not continue from the previous measure)
  • 3rd Trombone, III, 2 m. before rehearsal N, beat 3: hairpin crescendo should read hairpin decrescendo
  • Trombone III, 1 m. before rehearsal N: Hairpin crescendo should begin on beat 1 (not continue from the previous measure)
  • Percussion III, rehearsal I: missing a 2/2 time signature

Program Notes

Chorale and Shaker Dance is made up of two main ideas. The first is the simple melody found in the opening Chorale. The second melodic idea is the melody from the well-known Shaker Hymn The Gift to Be Simple.

- Program Note by John Zdechlik

Chorale and Shaker Dance, written in 1972, combines a simple chorale theme, introduced by the woodwinds, with variations of the well-known Shaker hymn Simple Gifts. There is a progression of instrumental timbres and chord textures as the themes alternate and co-mingle. Brief solos for flute, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet occur at tempo changes. The brass and woodwinds exchange the themes as time signatures cause increases in both tempo and intensity. Sustained brass sections play the chorale with woodwinds performing a fiery obligato based on the Shaker hymn as the development peaks. A demanding tympani part punctuates the dramatic ending.

- Program Note by Santa Clara University (Calif.) Wind Symphony concert program, 21 May 2014

Chorale and Shaker Dance was commissioned by the Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High School Band. However, the community-based Medalist Concert Band, also of Bloomington, premiered the work in March 1972 at the Music Educators National Convention, with the composer conducting. The work combines an original chorale tune and the traditional Shaker song The Gift to Be Simple. Zdechlik transforms, varies, and juxtaposes both themes throughout the entire composition, incorporating intricate counterpoint and jazz-influenced syncopated rhythms. The Shaker melody does not appear in its entirety until near the end of the piece, when the trumpet section plays the tune over a flurry of activity in the upper woodwinds and a sonorous low-brass accompaniment. A short allegro section follows, and the work draws to a close with several dissonant whole notes that resolve into a brilliant D major chord.

- Program Note by Travis J. Cross for the UCLA Symphonic Band concert program, 10 March 2015

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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Florida: V   ---   (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
  • Iowa: IV
  • Minnesota: II
  • South Carolina: V
  • Texas: IV
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 8 March 2020
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 19 February 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) High School Honor Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 26 January 2020
  • Illinois Valley Community College (Oglesby) Wind Ensemble (Phil Whaley, conductor) – 12 December 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Clark College (Vancouver, Wash.) Concert Band (Doug Harris, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony II (Jennifer Rubin, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Phoenix Winds (Elon, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Poquette, conductor)– 14 November 2019
  • Concordia University (Irvine, Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jeff Held, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • Encore Winds (Traverse City, Mich.) (Timothy Topolewski, conductor) - 19 May 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Tyler Ehrlich, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 28 April 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Steven Moore, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) University Band (David Campo, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Wheaton (Ill.) North High School Symphonic Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 18 March 2019
  • Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Concert Band (Dennis Johnson, conductor) - 16 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Symphonic Band (Stephen Smyth, conductor) – 15 February 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 446-458.
  • Zdechlik, J. (1972). Chorale and Shaker Dance [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Zdechlik, John. (1988) “Chorale and Shaker Dance.” BDGuide 2/no. 4 (March-April 1988): 8–10. Reprinted in Performance Study Guides of Essential Works for Band, edited by Kenneth L. Neidig. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications, 2009. pp. 78–80.