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Summer Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score - $12.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom (low)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Exciting woodwind flourishes set the stage for the heroic main motive of the piece, stated by the brass. This theme is woven throughout the piece in contrasting settings, styles, and colors. A beautiful, lyric chamber section gives way to a stately dance presented by the full ensemble. A powerful ending caps this dynamic piece.

Summer Dances was written for the Columbia Concert Band.

- Program Note by publisher


Summer Dances was written for the Columbia Concert Band in Columbia, Maryland, for an outdoor summer concert. The piece was written to capture the beauty and spirit of the many festivals and events associated with the season. In writing the piece, elements were included to make it very appropriate to perform in or out of the concert hall. The piece thrives on rhythmic pulse throughout. The fast rhythmic figures of the opening are contrasted with the more stately motives presented later in the piece in the slower, more lyrical section.

- Program Note by Baylor University Concert Band concert program, 29 April 2018


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV
  • Virginia: V
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Mississippi: VI
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV
  • South Carolina: V


Performances

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  • Willamette Valley Concert Band (Albany, Ore.) (Charles Haugen, conductor)– 16 March 2019
  • Orcas Island (Eastsound, Wash.) Band (Karen Kay Speck, conductor) - 2 Jun 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Concert Band (Steve Dailey, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 23 April 2018
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Winds (Douglas Stotter, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • McCracken Middle School (Skokie, Ill.) (Chip De Stefano, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Brookville High School Symphonic Band (Matthew Farley, conductor) - 21 May 2013


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