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Five Little Dances

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Paul Creston

Paul Creston (trans. Robert Longfield)


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This work bears the designation Opus 24.


General Info

Year: 1946 / 2013
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Movements

1. Rustic Dance
2. Languid Dance
3. Toy Dance
4. Pastoral Dance
5. Festive Dance


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Paul Creston was one of the most performed composers of the 1940s and '50s, and his music remains important and relevant today. His unique rhythmic and harmonic style is apparent in Five Little Dances, his only work for piano. Robert Longfield's marvelous adaptation for band retains the character and charm of these delightful dances.

- Program Note by publisher


Five Little Pieces was composed originally by Creston in 1946 as his Opus 24 for solo piano. The work belongs to a time when Creston had already garnered several composition awards, a measure of national recognition, and was writing prolifically for a wide variety of ensembles. Its tonal harmonic language, emphasis on music as song/dance, and rhythmic vitality stand as hallmarks of Creston's aesthetic approach.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: IV
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Grade B


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Creston, P.; Longfield, R. (2013). Five Little Dances [score]. G. Schirmer: [New York].
  • Cummings, Paul. "Five Little Dances." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 389-398. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.