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Danza de los Duendes

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Nancy Galbraith

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General Info

Year: 1992 / 1996
Duration: c. 10:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Subito Music Corp.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $200.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Danza de los Duendes was composed for Argentina's Orquesta Sinfónica de Tucumán, whose music director, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, led the world premiere in 1992, a month apart from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's North American premiere with conductor Kirk Muspratt. The work's title — an afterthought suggested by the composer's student — refers to the malicious goblin-like creatures (los duendes) of South American folklore.

In 1996 Galbraith revised the work and re-scored it as a wind symphony. The new "Danza" became her most popular piece and is performed frequently by concert bands in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

- Program Note from publisher

Danza de los Duendes begins with an introductory section that makes use of high woodwind textures and percussion. The introduction closes with falling runs into a quiet pulse in the clarinets. The main theme is then stated in the four trumpets. It is answered by various instruments and eventually is stated by the whole ensemble in an explosive climax, which evolves into a repeated quarter-note octave in the upper winds and large fortissimo chords in the brass. The development section makes use of the percussion and piano as background texture over which lyrical melodies are stated in the woodwinds. The section closes with the loud repeated quarter note octave, which decrescendos into a single quarter note pulse in the bass clarinet. The piano enters very quietly as accompaniment for soft and lush brass chords. The bass clarinet again enters with a pulsating rhythm. Ideas are gradually layered on top leading to a rousing, dramatic re-statement of the main theme, which closes the piece.

- Program Note from University of Oregon Wind Symphony concert program, 12 March 2020


University of Delaware Wind Ensemble (Wes Broadnax, conductor)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 17 November 2022
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor) - 14 October 2022
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Lindsay Bronnenkant, conductor) - 23 March 2022
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 12 March 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Danny Brock, conductor) – 31 October 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Tiffany Galus, conductor) – 30 October 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Chamber Winds (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 16 October 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 15 September 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Josh Neuenschwander, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Ardizzoia, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Josh Neuenschwander, conductor) – 4 April 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Vanessa Perala, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Eric LaPrade, conductor) – 6 February 2018
  • New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion (Patrick Burns, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 27 May 2017
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 7 April 2017
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 15 February 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 457-460.
  • Nancy Galbraith website Accessed 18 October 2016