Six Dances for Piano & Orchestra

Harry Boyd

About this work:
Originally written as a ballet suite, the six pieces in this set feature the piano as a major member of the orchestra, although the piano score is not as difficult as would be found in a concerto, and should be within the range of a competent pianist. All six Dances are complex and very melodious. The Andante is quiet and thoughtful, with extensive use of woodwinds. The Allegretto has subtle and strong rhythms and a rapid pace. Elaine's Waltz is romantic and lyrical, and is perhaps the easiest of the six. The Allegro is strongly modal and melodic with a great deal of rhythmic intensity supported by pizzicato strings. The March is dramatic and exciting with a strong piano part. The Scherzando is somewhat reminiscent of a middle-Eastern dance with very strong rhythms which brings the suite to an exciting finish. The score is only available in the bound version, which includes part scores for a standard orchestra. To obtain the sample CD or a copy of the score contact the composer at To listen to the mp3s, go to my website at
Year composed: 1998
Duration: 00:25:30
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Orchestra with Soloist(s)
Instrumentation: 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 1 English Horn, 2 Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 4 Horn in F, 2 Trumpet, 2 Trombone, 1 Timpani, 1 Percussion (General), 1 Xylophone, 1 Drum Set, 1 Piano, 1 Strings (General)

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