Midnight Dances

for orchestra

1992, rev. 2010

“Latin rhythms overlaid a sense of longing, almost pathos....
[a] spinning sonic wheel of dancey tunes and plaintive atmosphere.”—Kenneth LaFave, The Arizona Republic

“imaginative, fun.”—Barbara Zuck, The Columbus Dispatch

Duration: 7'15"

Orchestra: 2222; 2200; 1perc; strgs

First Performances:

Premiere: Phoenix Symphony
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Nov 7, 1996
Timothy Russell, Conductor

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
Columbus, Ohio, Feb 9, 1997
Timothy Russell, Conductor

(This audio demo presents the 2010 revised version, realized with sounds from the Vienna Symphonic Library.)

View sample pages of the score.

Full study score available for purchase at Subito Music Distribution. Performance materials available for rental only through Subito Music Rental Library.

Composer Notes: I love Latin American dance rhythms and used them throughout Midnight Dances. The overall aura of the work has an touch of sadness. This reflects the late hour and a sense that each dance could be the last of the evening.