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Gazebo Dances (1972)
Arranged for band by the composer (1974)

see also: the original Gazebo Dances for piano four-hands, Overture to the Imaginary Invalid (from Gazebo Dances, 1972) , arranged for orchestra, and the Adagio arranged for piano solo


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First performed June 5, 1973, by the University of Evansville Wind Ensemble, Robert Bailey, conductor; Evansville, IN

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Scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 Bb clarinets, Eb clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, baritone, 2 tubas, timpani, percussion (4 players)

Duration  16 minutes



The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, conductor Naxos 8.559601 (2009)
The University of Florida Wind Ensemble; David A. Waybright, conductor Mark Masters 6565-MCD (2006)
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra; Clark Rundell, conductor Chandos CHAN 10284 (2005)
Ohio State Wind Symphony; Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor Mark Custom Recording Service 3602-MCD (2004)
National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain; Phillip Scott, conductor Mark Custom Recording Service 4743-MCD (2003)
Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble; John Cody Birdwell, conductor Mark Custom Recording Service 3924-MCD (2001)
North Texas Wind Symphony; Eugene Corporon, conductor Klavier KCD-11083 (1997)


Program note

Gazebo Dances was originally written as a set of four-hand piano pieces dedicated to certain of my pianist friends. I later arranged the suite for orchestra and for concert band, and it is from the latter version that the title is drawn. The title, Gazebo Dances, was suggested by the pavilions often seen on village greens in towns throughout the countryside, where public band concerts are given on summer evenings. The delights of that sort of entertainment are portrayed in this set of dances, which begins with a Rossini-like Overture, followed by a rather peg-legged Waltz, a long-lined Adagio and a bouncy Tarantella.

                     — John Corigliano

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