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Gothic Dance

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Gothic Dance is based on “Douce dame jolie”, a 14th century love song by the French composer Guillaume de Machaut. A translated excerpt of the lyrics reveals the writer’s undying devotion to his beloved:

Sweet, lovely lady
for God's sake do not think
that I am devoted to any woman
but you alone.

For always, without falsehood
I have cherished you, and humbly
served you all the days of my life
without deception.

Machaut chose not to compose a flowing, tender melody to match his lyrics, but instead crafted a rhythmically vibrant, dance-like tune whose energy is unrelenting. Apart from one note alteration in this band setting, the melody is presented exactly as Machaut wrote it. All other musical material is original and is intended to highlight the passionate spirit of Machaut’s masterpiece of the Middle Ages.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Wisconsin: III


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