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Minimalist Dances

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Matt Conaway

Matt Conaway

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbals
  • Cowbell
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This unique work for advanced ensembles explores three fundamental minimalist approaches, but through the lens of very atypical styles to the minimalist genre. Influenced by the masterworks of Glass, Riley, and Adams, the composer uses a limited melodic/rhythmic palette to maximum effect, even including a rock-inspired shout section leading to a furious conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher

Minimalist Dances was written as kind of a challenge; I wanted to see how much musical interest could be generated from only a very small amount of source material. The first section relies almost exclusively on syncopated rhythmic layers to create the texture (a bit of a nod to John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Terry Riley’s In C). The middle dance utilizes a single accompanying rhythm with insistent melodies above very limited harmonies. The final dance is a bit of tongue-and-cheek reference to how “minimalist” pop music can be; the standard “50s Progression” in minor key provides the entire harmonic basis for the finale of the work. More than anything else, Minimalist Dances was written to provide an engaging playing and listening experience through musical texture more than melodies.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Concert Band (Amy Birdsong, conductor) - 26 October 2021
  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (David A. Schwartz, conductor) - 14 May 2019
  • George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Birch, conductor) – 21 October 2017
  • Illiana Christian High School (Lansing, Ill.) (Brian Covey, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Grafton High School (Yorktown, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Darren Kirsch, conductor) – 17 December 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.