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Symphonic Dance No. 3, "Fiesta"

(1965)

Clifton Williams, composer

Clifton Williams’ exciting Symphonic Dance No. 3, "Fiesta" is one of a group of five works commissioned to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. The work was first performed by the orchestra with the composer conducting on January 30, 1965. Williams refashioned the dance for symphonic band, adding a new dimension in sound and color. "Fiesta" depicts the pageantry of Latin American celebrations—street bands, bull fights, bright costumes, the legacy of a proud people.

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Symphonic Dance No. 3, "Fiesta" depicts the pageantry of Latin American celebrations — street bands, bull fights, bright costumes. It is one of a group of five symphonic dances originally commissioned for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. The composer then scored the work for band, and it was first performed in March 1967 by the University of Miami Band, under the composer’s direction.

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