Sunan Dances

From Wind Repertory Project
Dorothy Chang

Dorothy Chang (arranged by composer)

General Info

Year: 1995 / 2003 / 2004
Duration: c. 19:05
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00


C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (medium and large)
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The innovative work Sunan Dances, is in one movement, consisting of an introduction followed by three large sections. A Chinese melody from the Jiangsu province is interpolated into the work and given Western harmonization, orchestration and phrasing -- producing an exciting and beautiful new approach to the contemporary wind band.

Commissioned by the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mason St. Pierre, conductor)- 26 April 2023
  • Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Kevin Tutt, conductor) - 20 October 2022
  • Acadia University (Wolfville, Can.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Hopkins, conductor) – February 2017
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 13 March 2008 (CBDNA 2008 North Central Division Conference, Omaha, Neb.)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Chang, D. (2004). Sunan Dances: For Wind Ensemble [score]. Belwin-Mills: Miami, Fla.
  • Dorothy Chang website Accessed 6 January 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 285.