Year: 1938 / 1942 / 1961
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.
For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion (3 players), including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
The Pavanne is one of Morton Gould's most often performed and recorded works, but is actually the second movement of his American Symphonette No. 2, a symphonic suite written with a jazz tinge and intended for radio performance. The Pavanne is written as a short allegretto, lasting roughly four minutes. It opens with a jazzy trumpet tune superimposed over a subtle, walking bass-like ostinato. Different instruments join in, and the work builds to replicate the sounds of a 1940s big band. The structure is loosely ABACDCABA, with the C section introducing a melancholy flute fragment that could be an homage to Gabriel Fauré’s even more famous Pavane.
Fragments of Gould’s Pavanne were later worked into such jazz pieces as John Coltrane's "Impressions," Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop" and "April B," and David Baker's "Wes Montgomery in Memoriam."
Gould recorded an orchestral version of this composition about three years after the release of Bill Finnigan’s more widely known dance band arrangement was featured on the flip-side of Glenn Miller’s Little Brown Jug. Gould transcribed the piece for band in 1961. Relatively unknown by today’s young audiences, it is a delightful little swing number for band.
- Program Note by David Holsinger
- Pavanne has been recommended as interesting, serious and distinctive music by members of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
None discovered thus far.
None discovered thus far.
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- California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Leo Sakamoto, conductor) – 6 October 2019
- Middlesex Concert Band (Wakefield, Mass.) (Joseph Nuccio, conductor) – 8 June 2019
- Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 26 January 2019
- Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Winona Gray Holsinger, conductor) – 9 October 2018
- State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (Michael Schaff, conductor) – 8 November 2017
- Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville) Wind Symphony (Katy Strickland, conductor) – 26 January 2017 (MMEA 79th Annual In-Service Workshop/Conference)
- Bixby High School Wind Ensemble (Jeremy W. Parker, conductor) - 11 May 2015
- Chelmsford (Mass.) Community Band (Lucinda Ellert, conductor) - 2 November 2014
Works for Winds by this Composer
- American Ballads, Settings of American Tunes (1976)
- American Patrol (Gould)
- American Salute (tr. Lang) (1943/1971)
- American Salute (arr. Wagner) (1943/2009)
- American Youth March
- Ballad for Band (1946)
- Café Rio (1957)
- Centennial Symphony, Gala for Band (1983)
- Cheers! — A Celebration March (1979)
- Cinerama Holiday (1955)
- Concertette for Viola and Band (1943)
- Cowboy Rhapsody (arr. Bennett)
- Derivations for Solo Clarinet and Band (1955)
- The Deserted Ballroom (tr. Bennett) (1938)
- Dramatic Fanfares (arr. Brunelli) (1964/1967)
- Family Album Suite
- Fanfare for Freedom (1943)
- The First Noel (as arranger) (1949)
- Folk Suite (arr. Lang) (1959)
- Four Latin American Symphonette (arr. Koekelkoren) (1942/1998)
- Fourth of July (1947)
- Global Greetings(1994)
- Holiday Music (1947)
- Holocaust Suite (arr. Gould) (1978/1980)
- Jericho Rhapsody (1941)
- Jingle Bells (as arranger) (1857/1952)
- Jubilo. See: America Ballads, Jubilo - on "Year of Jubilo"
- Latin American Symphonette (arr. Koekelkoren) (1942/1998)
- March of the Leathernecks (arr. Lang) (1943/1944)
- Memorials. See: American Ballads, Memorials — on “Taps”
- Mini-Suite for Band (1968)
- Old Romance
- Overture from “Folk Suite”
- Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (as arranger; trans. Patterson)
- Pavanne (1938)
- Prisms (1962)
- Prologue, from CBS-TV series “World War I”
- Red Cavalry March (tr. Lang) (1943)
- Remembrance Day (Soliloquy for a Passing Century) (1995)
- Revolutionary Prelude, from CBS-TV documentary “World War I”
- Saint Lawrence Suite (1958)
- Santa Fe Saga (1956)
- Saratoga Quickstep. See: American Ballads, Saratoga Quickstep — on “The Girl I Left Behind”
- Sarajevo Suite (1964)
- Skier's Waltz. See: Cinerama Holiday Skier’s Waltz
- Soft Shoe Serenade from “Hoofer Suite” (1956)
- Star-Spangled Overture. See: American Ballads, Star-Spangled Overture - on "The Star-Spangled Banner"
- Symphonette No. 2 (1938)
- Symphony No. 4 (1952)
- Taps. See: American Ballads, Memorials — on “Taps”
- We Shall Overcome. See: American Ballads, Hymnal
- West Point Symphony. See: Symphony No. 4
- Windjammer (Highlights) (1958)
- Yankee Doodle (tr. Lang) (1945)
- Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 119. Print.
- Gould, M.; Yoder, P. (1939). Pavanne : Second Movement of American Symphonette no. 2 [core]. Mills: New York.