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Dance of the New World

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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwing Music Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |  Score Only - $12.00


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

  • Bass Drum (with pedal)
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Cymbal (small, medium, large suspended)
  • Drum (small)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timpani
  • Tom-Toms (low, high)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes (metal)
  • Woodblock (medium)


(As provided by

Most of these were fixed with the second printing of the work.

In Parts:

  • Piccolo, m.339-341: All B’s are flatted
  • Flute I-III, m.168-169: Slur all together
  • Flute II-III, m.175: with Fl 1 and Ob
  • Flute I-III, m.339-341: All B’s are flatted
  • Flute through B-flat Tenor Sax, m.364: Concert A-flat 3rd eighth
  • Oboe, m.122: A-flat 3rd eighth
  • Oboe, m.169: Slur first two 8th notes
  • Oboe, m.228: B-natural(courtesy) beat 1
  • Oboe, m.228: B-flat beat 2+
  • Oboe, m.234: A-flat beat 1
  • Oboe, m.242: B-flat(part incorrect) beat 4
  • Bassoon I-II, m.364: B-natural 5th eighth
  • Bassoon I-II, m.364: B-flat grace note to 5th eighth
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-III, m.88: beat 6 incorrect (Parts only)
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-III, m.168-169: Slur all together
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II, m.184: Slur first three 8th notes
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.224: C# beat 2+
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.224: C-natural beat 3+
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.227: C-natural beat 2+
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-III, m.356: C# 3rd eighth
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-III, m.356: C-natural 6th eighth
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.402-403: Articulation match 191-192
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.111: Courtesy F-natural, C-natural
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.171: Courtesy G-natural
  • Trombone III, m.242: B-flat(part incorrect)beat 4
  • Horn in F I-II, m.397: A-flat beat 3
  • Euphonium, m.162: Courtesy E-natural
  • Euphonium I, m.378: A-flat beat 4
  • Euphonium II, m.378: Begin D on previous beat(like tuba 1)
  • Percussion VI, m.56: Be sure accents print
  • Percussion I, m.80: Printing smudge?
  • Percussion IV, m.272-279: Cabasa can be moved from perc.4 to perc.5, in order for perc.4 to prepare for maraca entrance at m.280.

In Score:

  • m.234: top staff “picc/fl.”
  • m.413-414: The score is correct (m.413 is Db, m.414 is Bb), parts are incorrect.
  • Pg.5-6: Margin p.5 AND 6, 2nd staff should read fl 2,3 (not 1,2)

Program Notes

Dance of the New World was composed during the months that, exactly 500 years earlier, Columbus was on his historic voyage. The piece captures the spirit of awakening and burgeoning that resulted from his journey. It begins imperceptibly and gradually evolves (though, as in American history, not without difficulty and need of reflection) to an exuberant climax. Because of where in the Western Hemisphere he landed, Wilson decided to employ aspects of Latin American music to represent the many cultural syntheses that have since evolved.

- Program Note from Wheaton College Symphonic Band concert program, 4 November 2017

While not greatly taxing, technically, for players becoming more advanced and confident, this work is a nice exploration into larger, more extended forms. Including six percussion parts using a wide variety of common percussion instruments, the 6/8 rollicking nature of this optimistic work helps it to constantly move forward. With a few well-cued solo exposures and some sparsely scored sections cushioned by tutti passages, this is a Latin-tinged winner for any band.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Band Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High Band Class AA
  • South Carolina: V, VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 1 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Timothy Yontz, conductor) – 4 November 2017
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble and Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 6 October 2016
  • University of Louisiana-Lafayette Wind Ensemble (Dr. William J. Hochkeppel, conductor) - 27 February 2015
  • Knightwind Ensemble [Milwaukee, Wisc.] (Erik Janners, conductor) - 18 November 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

A complete list of Dana Wilson's compositions may be found here: