Sorcsek, Dance Etudes

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Dance Etudes is a 25-minute work for concert band by acclaimed composer Jerome Sorcsek, composed for the Festliche Musiktage Uster in 1981.

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Jerome Sor­c­sek
Dance Etudes

Date: 1979, revised 2020
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band
Dif­fi­cul­ty: lev­el 5, medi­um advanced
Dura­tion: 25:00

Dance Etudes, com­posed in 1979, was com­mis­sioned for Fes­tliche Musik­tage Uster 1981. The inter­na­tion­al fes­ti­val had been held in Uster, Switzer­land, a size­able town in the can­ton of Zürich, every four years between 1956 and 1999. Its pur­pose was to pro­mote the per­for­mance and study of wind music. Along with sym­posia led by experts in the field, the week­end-long fes­ti­val offered three con­certs of five works each for both con­cert band and brass band. The empha­sis on the call for music was on mod­er­ate dif­fi­cul­ty, pro­vid­ing for broad­er per­for­mance oppor­tu­ni­ties through­out the wind music com­mu­ni­ty worldwide.

The orig­i­nal ver­sion of the piece was con­ceived with this spir­it in mind. The 2020 ver­sion was expand­ed to include instru­ments rarely found in small­er bands. The orig­i­nal had no tim­pani or mal­let per­cus­sion parts. Piano espe­cial­ly was added for col­or; and, for exam­ple, those pas­sages for mal­let per­cus­sion and piano in the sec­ond sec­tion of the work were incor­po­rat­ed for exact­ly that reason.

The piece is in the form of a four-move­ment sym­pho­ny, with all four move­ments con­tained with­in one large move­ment and played with­out pause. The archi­tec­ture of the orig­i­nal was pre­served, and each of the four large sec­tions that com­prise the piece was treat­ed to con­sid­er­able expan­sion. Exam­ples from pri­or fes­ti­vals revealed a lean­ing toward folk­ish ele­ments, and Dance Etudes was com­posed with an ear toward that par­tic­u­lar appeal.
The pre­mier per­for­mance was played by Stab­smusikko­rps der Bun­deswehr, con­duct­ed by Andreas Lukacsy. 

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