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Dance of the Hours (arr Morino)

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Amilcare Ponchielli

Amilcare Ponchielli (arr. Carlo Morino)

Subtitle: La Giaconda

General Info

Year: 1876 / 1906 / 1942
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Flugelhorn I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


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

State Ratings

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