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Dance of the Comedians

By Geoffrey Brand

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Concert band (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) - grade 4.5
Composed by Geoffrey Brand. Arranged by Geoffrey Brand. Band Music, Opener. Score and parts. Duration 6:45. Published by G & M Brand Music Publishers (CN.R10245).

Item Number: CN.R10245

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!

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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