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Alberto Ginastera

Alberto Ginastera (arr. David John)

Subtitle: From the Ballet Estancia

This work bears the designation Opus 8 No. 4.

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1965
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.50


Full Score
Condensed Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
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 I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An estancia is a large Argentinian cattle ranch. In his ballet, Alberto Ginastera depicts the hustle and bustle of a busy day on an estancia. The story is centered around a love triangle between a city boy who falls in love with a beautiful ranch girl. Unfortunately, she dismisses him as unworthy in comparison to the other more masculine gauchos (horsemen) who work on her father’s estancia. However, the city boy follows her to the ranch, determined to prove himself.

A malambo is a quick and vigorous Argentinean folk dance in which male dancers compete to demonstrate their agility and machismo. The dance itself is a series of “anything you can do, I can do better” moments after which the “winner” is the last man standing. In the final movement of Estancia, Ginastera utilizes the malambo to present the city boy competing with the gauchos for the heart of his beloved ranch girl.

- Program Note by the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2013

Danza Final (1953) is a dance movement from Ginastera’s ballet Estancia. The work was commissioned in 1941, but because the commissioning troupe was disbanded it was not performed until 1952. In the meantime, he extracted a four-movement suite for orchestra. The work became extremely popular and was transcribed for the United States Navy Band.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Ensemble concert program, 16 February 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Rubén D. Gómez, conductor) - 27 April 2022
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 29 September 2021
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) - 1 May 2021
  • Texas Christian University Symphonic Band (Fort Worth) (Brian Youngblood, conductor) - 3 October 2019
  • Toronto (Ont., Can.) Youth Wind Orchestra (Colin Clarke, conductor) – 10 July 2019 - WASBE Conference (Buñol, Spain)
  • Granite Ridge Intermediate School (Fresno, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Jose Vargas, conductor) - 15 February 2019 (2019 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Michael Carney, conductor) – 28 September 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony and Austin Youth Orchestra (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 6 April 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 28 March 2018
  • University of Memphis (Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Albert Nguyen, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen Gage, conductor) – 7 February 2018 (OMEA)
  • Clovis North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (David Lesser, conductor) - 21 April 2017 (2017 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) – 16 February 2017
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 18 November 2016
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 24 March 2016
  • Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) Wind Symphony (Brian O. Walden, conductor) - 18 November 2015
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas E. Caneva, conductor) – 30 September 2015
  • Clarence High School (Buffalo, N.Y.) Symphonic Band (Louis Vitello, conductor) - 29 May 2015
  • Westlake High School (Austin, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Kerry Taylor, conductor) - 21 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ginastera, A.; John, D. (cop 1965). Danza Final: From Estancia [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York]
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 232.