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Kokopelli's Dance

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Nathan Tanouye

Nathan Tanouye

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: NNT Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $175.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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
Percussion, including:

  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This popular piece (commissioned and recorded by the UNLV Wind Orchestra) has received rave reviews from band directors around the country. Its difficulty level is perfect for professional, university, or even advanced high school wind ensembles. This piece features many soloists within the ensemble including flute, tuba, and timpani.

- Program Note from publisher

Kokopelli’s Dance is the first classical composition by jazz composer Nathan Tanouye. The piece begins with Kokopelli’s theme played by a solo flute, the same instrument that Kokopelli played. The theme is then passed through the ensemble in a fugue-like fashion. This style of writing emits the feelings of happiness and joy that Kokopelli symbolized in ancient Indian life. As different sections of the piece progress, the atmosphere of Kokopelli's theme changes, just as the atmosphere of a dance changes with the entrance of each new person. A light-hearted, spirited composition, Kokopelli’s Dance is a delightful illustration of an old Indian legend.

- Program Note by the Boise State University Symphonic Winds concert program, 5 March 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Nathan Tanouye website Accessed 21 May 2016
  • Tanouye, N. (2005). Kokopelli's Dance [score]. N. Tanouye: [Las Vegas, Nev.]