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Three Dances from "The Maid of Orleans"

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Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Peter I Tchaikovsky (trans. John R Bourgeois)


General Info

Year: 1879 / 2007
Duration: c. 13:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00; (digital) - $175.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Movements

1. Dance of the Bohemians – 7:05
2. Dance of the Pages – 1:15
3. Dance of the Actors – 4:25


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
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 Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Upper-level ensembles will enjoy showcasing their talents with this brilliant transcription. Taken from a lesser-known opera based on Joan of Arc, these three dances are among the best examples of Tchaikovsky's compositional genius, transcribed for symphonic band by a true master of the art. Perform the three together, or the first and last dances can stand alone: 1. Dance of the Bohemians -- a bright display of virtuosity; 2. Dance of the Pages -- an elegant minuet scored for chamber winds; 3. Dance of the Actors -- a fiery and robust finale.

- Program Note by publisher


The Maid of Orleans is an opera in 4 acts, 6 scenes, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was composed during 1878–1879 to a Russian libretto by the composer, based on several sources. Dedicated to conductor Eduard Nápravník, this work represents the composer's closest approach to French grand opera, albeit in the Russian language, notably with its inclusion of a ballet in act 2.

The opera, about Joan of Arc, begins in the France of the 15th century, in the midst of the Hundred Years' War with England.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography


Media Links


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • North Carolina: VI


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • The Maid of Orleans (opera), Wikipedia Accessed 23 September 2020
  • Tchaikovsky, P.; Bourgeois, J. (2007). Three Dances from The Maid of Orleans [score]. Wingert-Jones Publications: Kansas City, Mo.