Nostalgic Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Luigi Zaninelli

Luigi Zaninelli

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C Alan
Cost: Score and Parts - $140.00   |   Score Only - $40.00


1. Autumn Foxtrot - 3:20
2. Midnight Waltz - 3:05
3. Falcon Polka - 2:25


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

At the age of 12, I began playing in small dance orchestras. The Second World War was raging and pianists were in short supply. What I lacked in skill, I attempted to make up for with brash enthusiasm. I was called to play for all kinds of events. I would learn to play jazz “hot” and “cool” and a variety of dance forms. I played waltzes, foxtrots, polkas, rhumbas, square dances, cha-chas, and, of course, tarantellas. I loved to look out, as I played, and watch the dancers swirl by. Their faces would beam with joy as they, for a little while, attempted to forget the war which dominated our lives.

Nostalgic Dances represents, for me, what remains in my musical memory of those bittersweet years. The dancers may be gone, but when I close my eyes, I can still hear the music.

- Program Note by composer

Dedicated to Donald James Lefevre and the West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band, these three dances -- Autumn Foxtrot; Midnight Waltz and Falcon Polka -- were inspired by the experiences Zaninelli had as a pianist during the second world war.

-Program Note from publisher

Luigi Zaninelli composed this work as a musical memory of his playing in small dance orchestras during World War II. He was called upon to play a wide variety of dance forms and these are reflected in this composition.

- Program Note from Tara Winds concert program, 19 December 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Zaninelli, L. (2014). Nostalgic Dances: For Concert Band [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.