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Dances Fantastique

By David Shaffer

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Grade 2.5
Composed by David Shaffer. Young Concert Band. Command Series. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR359). Score and set of parts. Composed 2008. Duration 4 minutes, 24 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.011-3730-00).

Item Number: CL.011-3730-00

This exciting new work for concert band is a set of three delightful dances. Opening with a bold fanfare statement, the first dance reveals the melodic material that is the basis for all three movements. The title of this movement, Double Dance, is derived from the second statement of the melody, appearing in doubled rhythmic values. The second movement, Round Dance, the melody is written as a three part round. You could not have a Round Dance without a Square Dance, which is the title of final movement. Lots of fun percussion instruments add interesting timbres throughout. This interesting and clever composition is perfect for contest and festival.

About C.L. Barnhouse Command Series

The Barnhouse Command Series includes works at grade levels 2, 2.5, and 3. This series is designed for middle school and junior high school bands, as well as high school bands of smaller instrumentation or limited experience. Command Series publications have a slightly larger instrumentation than the Rising Band Series, and are typically of larger scope, duration, and musical content.

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