Gazebo Dances




For piano four-hands
Solo Keyboard(s)



Solo Keyboard(s)


Piano Four-Hands


16 minutes

commissioned by


Frances Veri and Michael Jamanis, pianos; Alice Tully Hall, New York (February 24, 1985)

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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