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Dance of the Comedians (Smetana)

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4.5 | Duration: 6:45
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2003

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    The Dance of the Comedians, through its unrelenting exuberance and sheer energy, exudes fun and vigor in abundance. In this arrangement, nimble fingers and agile tongues are a prime requisite!

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4.5 | Duration: 6:45

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Oboe
    2nd Oboe
    Eb Clarinet
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Eb Alto Clarinet*
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    1st Bassoon
    2nd Bassoon
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    1st Cornet
    2nd Cornet
    3rd Cornet
    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    3rd F Horn
    4th F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    Bass Trombone
    Euphonium
    (TC Baritone)
    Tuba

    String Bass*

    Timpani
    Percussion 1 (triangle, tambourine)
    Percussion 2 [2 players] (cymbal, bass drum)

    Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    As a boy of 5, the Czech composer Bedrich Smetana was able to take part in a performance of a Haydn Quartet; a year later he made his public debut as a pianist. Whilst still at school this highly talented boy wrote in his diary, "I wish to become a Mozart in composition and a Liszt in technique."

    In later life his music became nationalistic and included eight patriotic operas of which "The Bartered Bride," first performed in Prague in 1866, is the best known. In the words of the Czech scholar and musicologist Professor Zdenck Nejedly, Smetana's music for "The Bartered Bride" was able to "delight the world with such warm, frank and genial humour."

    The Dance of the Comedians, through its unrelenting exuberance and sheer energy, exudes fun and vigor in abundance. In this arrangement, nimble fingers and agile tongues are a prime requisite!

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