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Gazebo Dances (1972)
For piano four-hands x

see also: arranged for orchestra, Overture to the Imaginary Invalid (from Gazebo Dances, 1972) , arranged for band, and the Adagio arranged for piano solo


First performed February 24, 1985, by Frances Veri and Michael Jamanis, pianos; Alice Tully Hall, New York


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Duration  16 minutes



Elena Hammel & Laura Sanchez, pianos (Duo Hammel-Sanchez) Msr Classics MS1038 (2002)
Tomoko & Yuki Mack, pianos Msr Classics MS1038 (2001)
Arianna Goldina & Remy Loumbrozo, pianos Phoenix PHCD 116 (1998)
Margret Elson & Elizabeth Swarthout, pianos (Elson-Swarthout Duo) Laurel Record LR-859CD (1996))
John & Richard Contiguglia, pianos CRI CD659 (1996)


Program note

Gazebo Dances was originally written as a set of four-hand pieces dedicated to certain of my pianist friends. I later arranged the suite for orchestra and for concert band, and it is from the latter version that the title is drawn. The title Gazebo Dances was suggested by the pavilions often seen on village greens in towns throughout the countryside, where public band concerts were given on summer evenings. The delights of that sort of entertainment are portrayed in this set of dances, which begins with a Rossini-like Overture, followed by a rather peg-legged Waltz, a long-lined Adagio and a bouncy Tarantella.

Each movement was given a dedication, as follows:

   I — for Rose Corigliano and Etta Feinberg
  II — for John Ardoin
 III — for Heida Hermanns
 IV — for Jack Romann and Christian Steiner

                     — John Corigliano

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