Zodiac Dances

Concert Band

Zodiac Dances

Six miniatures based on animals from the Japanese 'Junishi'

Composer:
Genre:
Concert Piece
Grade Level:
Oberstufe
Performance time:
00:10:50
Publisher:
Anglo Music Press
Size:
US 9x12 (229x305mm)
Info:
Full Score + Parts
Order Number:
AMP453
Release Date:
2017

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Zodiac Dances was commissioned by the Izumiotsu City Band, Osaka, Japan to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Sparke had previously written the piece, Prelude to a Celebration for the band, and in composing a new piece for their 50th anniversary wanted to personalise it to reflect the band’s history. He chose to write a set of six dance-miniatures based on the decades following the band’s foundation and the equivalent signs from the Japanese ‘Junishi’. During the piece, all aspects of true musicianship come to the surface. Energetic playing, phrasing, melodic music making, technique and a spectacular finale make this work a perfect test or concert work!

This six dances describe the following cycle:
1966 - The Year of the Horse
1976 - The Year of the Dragon
1986 - The Year of the Tiger
1996 - The Year of the Rat
2006 - The Year of the Dog
2016 - The Year of the Monkey

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