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Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Williams)

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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams (trans. by composer)

Subtitle: Fiesta

General Info

Year: 1964 / 1967
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00; (digital) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (I 2 players doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


In Parts:

  • B-flat Clarinet II, 9 meas. after reh. O (penultimate measure), beat 3: Add eighth rest
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet: Since the part is just a reprinting of the bass clarinet part, make sure not to play where it says "-Cb. Cl."
  • Trumpet I, 8 meas. after reh. J, beat 2&: Tie beat 2 & to beat 3
  • Horn in F I-II, 12 meas. before reh. A: The "fp" dynamic marking should be on the and of beat 1 with the crescendo following to the "sf" dynamic marking on beat 3.

In Score:

  • Baritone Saxophone, 3 meas. before reh. A, beat 3: E4 should be a E-flat4.

In Score and Parts:

  • Trumpet I, 8 meas. after reh. J, beat 2&: Tie beat 2 & to beat 3

Program Notes

Symphonic Dance #3 “Fiesta” is one of five symphonic dances commissioned by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 1964. Each of the five dances represents the spirit of a different time and place in the history of San Antonio. This dance reflects the excitement and color of the city’s many Mexican celebrations, which Williams called “the pageantry of Latin American celebration -- street bands, bull fights, bright costumes, the colorful legacy of a proud people.”

The introductory brass fanfare creates an atmosphere of tense anticipation, while the bells, solo trumpet, and woodwinds herald the arrival of an approaching festival. The brass announce the matador’s arrival to the bullring, and the finale evokes a joyous climax to the festivities.

Williams rescored this work for band, and it was first performed in 1967 by the University of Miami Band, where he was chairman of theory and composition.

- Program note by California State University, Fresno, Symphonic Band concert program, 5 May 2013


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: I
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: IV
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class A Std Rep


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  • Avon Lake (Ohio) High School Symphonic Band (Joshua Brunger, conductor) – 3 March 2022
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Collegiate Band (David M. Blon, conductor) - 18 February 2022
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Symphony (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 8 December 2021
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Alumni & Friends Band (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 7 October 2021
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) - 3 June 2021
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 17 November 2020
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Leon Kuehner, conductor) – 8 November 2020
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison University Band (Darin Olson, conductors) – 8 March 2020
  • Royal Oak (Mich.) Concert Band (Kevin R. Czarnik, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony II (Jennifer Rubin, conductor) – 4 March 2020
  • University of Texas (Austin) Texas Concert Band (Matthew Sedatole, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 11 February 2020
  • Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Wind Ensemble (Brecksville, Ohio) (Aaron Rex, conductor) – 26 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Winds (John W. Biller, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel E. Pagán, conductor) – 28 October 2019
  • Liberty Classic Community Band Festival (Williamsport, Penn.) (Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison University Bands (Darin Olson, conductor) – 13 October 2019

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  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 566-574.
  • Perusal score
  • Williams, C. (1967). Symphony Dance No. 3: Fiesta [score]. Alfred: Van Nuys, Calif.