'This work bears the designation Opus 18c.
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
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
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
Percussion I-II, including:
- Bass Drum
- Snare Drum
- Crash Cymbals
None discovered thus far.
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
- Audio: Reference recording. Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band (Lowell E. Graham, conductor)
- Audio CD: U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band (Lowell E. Graham, conductor) - 2017
- California: SCSBOA Band Music List Grade V
- Florida: IV
- Louisiana: IV
- New York: Concert Band V
- Virginia: V
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Washington State University (Pullman) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Aubin, conductor) – 13 March 2012 (CBDNA 2012 Western/Northwestern Division Conference, Reno, Nev.)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Ballet for Band, Op. 18 (1935)
- New Dance (1935/1942)
- Dance Rhythms for Band, Op. 58 (1954)
- Music for Brass Choir (1949)
- Passacaglia and Fugue, Op. 34 (1942)
- Prelude and Fugue, Op. 52 (1953)
- Processional, Op. 36 (1943)
- Riegger, W. (n.d.). New Dance, Daraus: Finale Op. 18c, From the Ballet, for Band [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York.