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Program Notes

Armenian Dances

(1972)

Alfred Reed, composer

The Armenian Dances, Parts 1 and II, constitute a four-movement suite for concert band based on authentic folk songs from the collected works of Gomidas Vartabed (1869-1935), the founder of Armenian classical music. Armenian Dances (Part I), completed in the summer of 1972, is an extended symphonic rhapsody built upon five different songs. It is hoped that the overall effect of the music will be found to remain true in spirit to the work of this brilliant composer-musicologist, who almost single-handedly preserved and gave to the world a treasure trove of beautiful folk music that to this day has not yet become as widely known in the Western world as it so richly deserves to be.

—published score

Armenian Dances, Parts 1 and II, constitute a four-movement work for concert band based on the authentic Armenian folk songs from the collected works of Gomidas Vartabed (1869-1935), the founder of Armenian classical music. Armenian Dances, Part I, containing the first movement of the suite, is an extended symphonic rhapsody built upon five different songs, freely treated and developed in terms of the modern integrated concert band. The music will be found to remain true in spirit to the work of this brilliant composer-musicologist, who almost single-handedly preserved and gave the world a treasure trove of beautiful folk music.

—published score

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