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Wallingford Riegger

Wallingford Riegger

'This work bears the designation Opus 18c.

General Info

Year: 1935 / 1942
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and instruments
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

New Dance is the third movement of a trilogy entitled Ballet for Band premiered by the Humphrey-Weidman Group in 1935. Although the composer cast it in various arrangements, it is the band setting of New Dance which has proven the most popular.

Beginning with a Copland-esque fanfare, the piece is built on an asymmetrical two-measure ground bass reminiscent of rumba and conga rhythms. Over this basso ostinato and a persistent sixteenth-note pattern, a model melody is heard in successive variations of orchestration. This reliance on short motivic elements of strong rhythmic character is a feature of all Riegger's music and is reflected in the fragmented form of New Dance, each statement of the theme being concluded by a brief "rhetorical flourish" before immediately resuming I another section of the ensemble.

Besides being an outstanding composition, New Dance serves as an excellent introduction to the many other works of Wallingford Riegger. It is hoped that this unfairly neglected composer will eventually receive the attention that he so well deserves.

- Program Note by Eric McElroy for the Washington State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 15 March 2012


State Ratings

  • California: SCSBOA Band Music List Grade V
  • Florida: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Riegger, W. (n.d.). New Dance, Daraus: Finale Op. 18c, From the Ballet, for Band [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York.