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Four Dance Episodes

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Gary P. Gilroy

Gary P Gilroy

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I (div.)-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon (div.)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (div.)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bike Horn
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whistle
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The four dances featured in this work are quite varied. After a brisk 5/4 opening, the work moves into a multi-metered group of phrases often punctuated by an exclamation point from the bass drum and crash cymbal players. This catchy tune sounds much harder than it is. A comical dance, almost like a barn dance or hoedown, is the focus of the second part of this work. This section features jazzy rhythms and a final statement from the mallets that should sound like dueling banjoes pickin' away! The third dance section is a wonderful ballad that features the oboe and French horn as they trade fragments. After a bold climax, this section winds down with a very transparent scoring for woodwind and mallet percussion that glistens with the addition of assorted metallic percussion timbres. The final movement offers plenty of drive and excitement, and gives the brass and percussion a workout to bring the work to a very dramatic close. Percussion writing is extensive throughout the piece, giving the percussion section a very sophisticated sound.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Gilroy, G. (2007). Four Dance Episodes: For Concert Band [score]. Wingert-Jones: Kansas City, Mo.