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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


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

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


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.


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State Ratings

  • Wisconsin: III


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