JS Dances

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Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

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General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $300 (Rental)   |   Score Only - $45.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bass Flute (optional)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (4 players)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the University of Akron Symphony Band, Robert Jorgensen, Director.

Based on two dances from J. S. Bach's Partita No. 1 (Clavierübung, Part 1).

- Program Note from publisher

J.S. Dances is a free fantasy on "Menuet II" and "Gique" from J.S. Bach's Partita I (Clavierübung, part 1). After a brief, slow introduction, the piece is relentessly "fast and reckless" to the end, with the gique character predominating. Both of Bach's dances appear in more or less their original forms, complemented by other material that develops and elaborates upon some of the many interesting aspects of Bach's two dances.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 5 October 2017
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (William K. Wakefield, conductor) – 3 October 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Benjamen Blasko, conductor; Juan Guillermo Vizcarra, piano) – 28 April 2016
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 28 September 2014
  • Texas Tech School of Music - 1 May 2014
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Ray E. Cramer, conductor) – 18 December 2003 (2003 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Donald Grantham website (Piquant Press)
  • Grantham, D.; Bach, J. (2003). J.S. Dances: Wind Ensemble [score]. Piquant Press; Austin, Tex.
  • Kitelinger, Shannon. "JS Dances." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 652-659. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.