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Dance of the Hours (arr Laurendeau)

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Amilcare Ponchielli

Amilcare Ponchielli (arr. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau)


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Subtitle: From La Gioconda


General Info

Year: 1876 / 1905
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

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Instrumentation

Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

La Gioconda is a four-act opera that is based on Angelo, tyran de Padoue, a play in prose by Victor Hugo, written in 1835. The opera’s first performance, in 1876, was a major success, and was the most successful opera between Verdi’s Aida (1871) and Otello (1887).

Act 3 of La Gioconda ends with the famous Dance of the Hours. It depicts the hours of the day through solo and ensemble dances. Later, it was performed separately, and became one of the best-known and most frequently performed ballets. It became even more universally known when it was included in Walt Disney’s film Fantasia, where anthropomorphized ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators perform it in a comic ballet.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


Commercial Discography

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