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Hopak!

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William Owens

William Owens


Subtitle: Ukranian Dance


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Bar Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

Inspired by Ukrainian folk melodies, this highly spirited work is captivating in every way! Audacious melodies, rich harmonies and engaging percussion parts are at the heart of the excitement.

- Program Note by publisher


The origins of the Hopak dance date back to the 16th century in the territory now known as the Ukraine. Originally a male-dominated domain, it would later be adopted by solo dancers, couples and mixed dance groups. Largely improvised and physically demanding, this popular dance is known for high leaps, squatting kicks and swift turns. The Ukrainian word "hopak" literally means to hop or to jump.

A fiery introduction quickly sets the pace for this energetic work. The main dance melody is heard shortly thereafter, evolving as it passes through the various sections of the ensemble. The dance suddenly slows, only to gradually quicken back to the original lively mood. The music then continues to hasten to the wonderfully frantic finish.

- Program Note from score


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