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Danse Diabolique (arr Schade)

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Joseph Hellmesberger Jr.

Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. (arr. Johannes Schade)

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This work is also known as Teufelstanz or Devil's Dance.

General Info

Year: / 1971
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
String Bass

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Program Notes

Austrian composer, violinist and conductor Josef “Pepi” Heilmesberger, Jr. (1855 — 1907) grew up in a well-known Viennese musical family that included his grandfather, father, uncle and brother. While his professional resume featured a professorship at the Vienna Conservatory and a post at the Vienna Court Opera, he reached the pinnacle of his career as principal conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic from 1901 to 1903.

Because of his association with that orchestra, Hellmesberger’s Danse Diabolique is often part of the program for their annual New Year’s Celebration from Vienna telecast.

- Program Note from Shujitsu Junior and Senior High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2015

Das Veilchenmadel was successful around Europe and saved Hellmesberger from financial ruin. He also wrote a variety of dances, including Danse Diabolique. It is an exciting piece with an energetic waltz at its height. The Phrygian mode (D-Eb-F-G-A-Bb-C) results in a diabolic atmosphere, yet at the height of the work there is an energetic waltz, a nod to the composer’s musical heritage.

- Program note by Virginia Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2012


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hellmesberger, J.; Schade, J. (1971). Devil's Dance [score]. Belwin Mills: Rockville Centre, N.Y.