Circus Music for Orchestra


Year Authored (or revised): 



2/pic-2/EH-2/bscl-2; 4-2(inC)-3-1; timp, harp, perc(2), strings

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First Performance: 

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra April 29, 2012

1. Fanfare Prelude
2. Acrobats and Dancing Bears
3. Clowns
4. The Aerial Ballet
5. More Clowns (and Elephants)
6. The Flying Trapeze
7. Lions and Tigers
8. Grand Finale and Parade


Percussion 1

snare drum
tenor drum
police whistle
bass drum (share with Pc. 2)
orchestra bells (glockenspiel)
cymb. a2
large tam tam (share with Pc. 2)

Percussion 2

cymbals a2
large tam tam
siren (an old fashioned siren with a crank handle is desirable)
susp. cymb.
bass drum
pistol (with blanks)
or slapstick

Ensemble Type: 

large orchestra

Circus Music for Orchestra was inspired by the Circus Sculptures of Alexander Calder.

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