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New Era Dance

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Aaron Jay Kernis

Aaron Jay Kernis (ed. Martin)

General Info

Year: 1992 / 2016
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental  |  Score Only - $45.00


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II (also playing Police Whistles)
Contrabassoon (also playing Police Whistle)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II (also playing Police Whistles)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (also playing Police Whistle)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone I-II
String Bass (2 preferred; also playing Police Whistles)
Piano/Keyboard (also playing Police Whistle)
Timpani (also playing Medium Bass Drum)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Conga Drums, medium and high
  • Cowbells, high (2)
  • Crash Cymbals (small and large)
  • Flexatones (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hand Crank Sirens (with stop mechanism) (2)
  • High Triangle
  • Kick Drum
  • Large Bass Drum
  • Large Tam-tam
  • Marimba (2 if possible)
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Pistol with blanks
  • Police Whistles (2)
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Splashy Hi-Hat
  • Suspended Cymbals (low, medium, and high)
  • Thunder Sheet
  • Timbales (medium and high)
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Various Ratchets & Noisemakers (ala New Year’s Eve)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks (medium and high)
  • Xylophone

Optional pre-recorded audio cues

Program Notes

"New Era Dance is dedicated and written in celebration of a new era of leadership at the New York Philharmonic, in anticipation of the new millennium to come in the Year 2000, in hope for a time of imperative political and social change in this country." - Aaron Jay Kernis

New Era Dance was written in the summer of 1992: immediately following the Los Angeles riots. It is a "multi-layered, virtuosic work ... that is larger than life. The composer drew upon the pulsing, rhythmic music that blares on the streets of his neighborhood, the Washington Heights section of NYC: Latin salsa, street rap, gypsy-camp folk, disco and 50s jazz are also added to the tumultuous mix ... an explosion of New York exuberance." (The Times)

- Peter Stanley Martin, Autograph Editions, Series Editor


Audio Sample: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Kernis, A.; Martin, P. (2016). New Era Dance : For Wind Ensemble [score]. Associated Music Publishers, Inc.: New York.