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Prelude and Dance (Creston)

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The work bears the designation Opus 76.

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1960
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Recordi
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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Program Notes

Paul Creston wrote Prelude and Dance in 1960, and offers this note about the work:

I look upon music, and more specifically the writing of it, as a spiritual practice. To me, musical composition is as vital to my spiritual welfare as prayer and good deeds; just as food and exercise are necessities of physical health, and thought and study are requisites of mental well being.

The compelling accents and pulsation of the prelude lead to a lively dance, where a long legato melody is urged forward by short percussive bursts.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Creston was one of the most performed American composers of the 1940s and 1950s, and several of his works have become staples of the wind band repertoire. One of his best pieces for band is the Prelude and Dance (a title he used for several pieces in different media), Op. 76, written in 1959. The compelling accents and pulsation of the prelude lead to a lively dance, where a long, legato melody is propelled by short percussive bursts.

- Program Note from liner notes for Klavier CD Emblems

Prelude and Dance was commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma and was premiered by the National Intercollegiate Band in 1959 with the composer conducting.

Always interested in rhythms, Creston's rhapsodic Prelude is laced wth completing accents and pulsations as it projects a long legato line above the shorter, percussive bursts of the accompaniment. The Dance is breathtaking throughout with polymeters, polyrhythms, and even a touch of tarantella.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: I
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


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