Wooden Dimes: Ballet for Wind Ensemble



For wind ensemble

Available for purchase after the premiere on April 10, 2022

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Wooden Dimes
a ballet score by James M. Stephenson

Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Ballet. Martin West, conductor. Dani Rowe, choreographer.

Wind Ensemble version commissioned and premiered by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Col. Jason K. Fettig, director
(To be premiered on April 10, 2022) 

duration: 24 minutes
instrumentation (wind ensemble version):

piccolo, *flute 1-2 (flute 2: fl/alto flute), oboe, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet 1-3, bass clarinet bassoon 1-2, saxophone quartet: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone
french horn 1-2, C trumpet 1-2, trombone 1-2, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba timpani (+ crotales)
percussion (2 players) instruments needed:
perc. 1: Mallets: (5-octave) marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel perc: tambourine, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, sus. cymbal
perc. 2: Mallets: (5-octave) marimba, crotales, xylophone, glockenspiel
perc: cymb. a2, snare drum, floor tom, splash cymb., sus. cymb., triangle, china cymb., bass drum
contrabass (1 player, or 2)

The story of Betty Fine and Robert Alder

“Don’t take any wooden dimes” – a saying used a lot in the 1920s, meaning: “Don’t be naive or don’t be fooled.”

Betty and Robert have a love that they think they know and they think will be forever,
but situations, circumstance and their evolution as people inevitably change
their relationship and therefore their love, and it ends up being nothing like they predicted.

Choreographed by Danielle Rowe.

This Ballet for wind ensemble was commissioned at the specific request from Col. Jason Fettig of
“The President’s Own” US Marine Band. While some of the order of the movements from the
(San Francisco Ballet) original were shifted to accommodate a new arc for this slightly shorter version, the storyline of the original remains in tact.

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