Swing (Wind Ensemble)

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith

Subtitle: Movement 3 from American Dances

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass ensemble
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $99.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Percussion, including:

  • Drum Set
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed for the Boston Pops Brass, American Dances by Robert W. Smith is a multi-movement work on American popular dances and music. This work was premiered as part of the orchestra's summer season at Tanglewood in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

This movement, entitled Swing, is based on the style of jazz music in the 1920s-1940s with its origin predating the popular 'swing era.' During the jazz era, there were hundreds of styles of swing dancing including Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Charleston. Today, the most well-known of these dance sis the Lindy Hop, which originated in Harlem in the early 1930s. The term was famously associated with the swing era band leader Cab Calloway. Mr. Calloway described swing dancing by saying, "The dancers look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor due to their fast, often bouncy, movements."

- Program Note from score


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