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Dance Rhythms for Band

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Wallingford Riegger

Wallingford Riegger (arranged by composer)

This work bears the designation Op. 58a.

General Info

Year: 1954 / 1956
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, through Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $15.00.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon 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 B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dance Rhythms is a minuet and trio structure with similar thematic material used in both large sections. The "trio" deviates from the topic E-flat major to the lower submediant equivalent, B major. The transition tot he reprise is by way of the initial motif and a short chordal trombone trio. The melodic and harmonic elements of Dance Rhythms are traditional; its interest comes from tone color and rhythmic variety.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Originally composed in 1954 for orchestra, this challenging yet lighthearted work was later scored for band by the composer. Now available again, the composition is a true study in rhythmic execution, and an ideal piece for showcasing an ensemble’s musical maturity. Scored at a brisk pace, the piece features rhythmic variety, detailed articulation markings, effective meter changes, challenges for each instrument, a brief marimba solo, and scoring for cornets and trumpets.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, May 2014


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) - 13 April 2021
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • St. Louis (Mo.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Poshak, conductor) - 30 September 2018
  • Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band (Harvey Benstein, conductor) – 7 March 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 249. Print.
  • Kinder, Keith W. Dance Rhythms, Op. 58a. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 69.
  • Riegger, W. (1954). Dance Rhythms for Band: Op. 58a [score]. Associated Music Publ.: New York, N.Y.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 508.