Courtly Airs and Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Ron Nelson

Ron Nelson


General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 12:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters Publications, through Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $17.50


Movements

1. Intrada – 0:45
2. Basse danse (France) – 1:50
3. Pavane (England) – 2:25
4. Saltarello (Italy) – 2:05
5. Sarabande (Spain) – 1:55
6. Allemande (Germany) – 2:25


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum (with attached cymbal)
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle (2)
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone

Players singing


Errata

  • Bassoon, Mvmt. 4, m.32: Dotted quarter note should be C.
  • Clarinet I, Mvmt. 4, m.29: Notes should match m. 25. / Mvmt. 4, m. 32: dotted quarter note should be concert C (written D).
  • Alto Saxophone I & II, Mvt. 4, m.29: Notes should match m.25.


Program Notes

Courtly Airs and Dances is a suite of Renaissance dances which were characteristic to five European countries during the 1500s. Three of the dances (Basse Dance, Pavane, and Allemande) are meant to emulate the music of Claude Gervaise by drawing on the style of his music as well as the characteristics of other compositions from that period. The festival opens with a fanfare-like Intrada followed by the Basse Danse (France), Pavane (England), Saltarello (Italy), Sarabande (Spain), and Allemande (Germany).

The work was commissioned by the Hill Country Middle School Band from Austin, Texas, Cheryl Floyd, director.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Minnesota: II
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Any three movements)
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (C. Patrick Forrester, conductor) - 27 February 2024
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Scarlet Honor Band (Phil Day, conductor) - 14 January 2024
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Luis Zuñuga, conductor) - 22 October 2023
  • West Valley High School (Yakima, Wash.) Concert Band (Kirk Knight, conductor) - 25 May 2023
  • Kingsburg (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Mike Schofield, conductor) - 24 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Phillip Day, conductor) - 23 February 2023
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (T.j. Anderson, conductor) - 16 February 2023
  • Musikgesellschaft Konkordia Reinach (Reinach, Switzerland) (Miguel Etchegoncelay, conductor) - 29 November 2020
  • Sinclair Community College (Dayton, Ohio) Concert Band (Michael Berning, conductor) - 13 November 2022
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) - 23 October 2022
  • University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Kimberly Fleming, conductor) - 7 October 2022
  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg, Ky.) Summer Winds (Donald Sorah, conductor) - 8 June 2021
  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (Bradlee Hooker, conductor) - 23 May 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Travis Higa, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Concert Band (Nieves Villaseñor, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln High School Honor Band (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 26 January 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Andrey Cruz, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Stephen Lytle, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Tobin Shucha, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • University Heights Symphonic Band (Matthew Salvaggio, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Nicholas P. Waldron, conductor) – 15 November 2019


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