New World Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Martin Ellerby

Martin Ellerby

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 8:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass Band
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £154.95   |   Score Only (print) - £24.95


1. Earth Dance – 2:10
2. Moon Dance – 3:25
3. Sun Dance – 3:30


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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 Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Celesta (optional)
Percussion I-II-III

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-hat
  • Maracas
  • Mark Tree
  • Pitched Drums (4)
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cast in three short movements, the work endeavours to recreate the pioneering spirit of the journey across America (the then 'New World') as this vast continent was opened up and its wonders exposed. The three dance episodes that make up the suite are symbolic in an analogous sense to this 'reaching' principle: the first -- Earth Dance -- is a vigorous overture, pushing out the frontiers; the interlude – Moon Dance -- contemplates the huge distances to be crossed, and Sun Dance represents the realisation of the American dream, rhythmic and full of energy. Written in affectionate tribute to America and its people, New World Dances was rather symbolically completed on July 4th!

- Program Note from publisher

For Timothy Reynish and the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Lethbridge (Alb., Can.) Wind Orchestra (Chee Meng Low, conductor) - 5 April 2023
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 28 April 2022
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Oliver, conductor) – 20 September 2019
  • Nashville (Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Rhodes, conductor) – 17 December 2017
  • Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Ga.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) – 28 April 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Ellerby, M. (1999). New World Dances [score]. Studio Music: London.
  • Martin Ellerby website Accessed 13 September 2019