Glass Dances, as a project, initially attempted to combine certain elements of Philip Glass’s music with the driving force of dance music. However, what the final product ended up being was 90% dance and 10% Glass. Both melodically and rhythmically driven, Glass Dances features multiple themes and sections that reoccur in a quasi-rondo format; however, no forward motion is lost at these transitions. If you have two players looking for a fun challenge, Glass Dances is a catchy audience-thriller with the occasional minimalistic and ethnic undertones.
Score and Parts Included: Bb Clarinet
See a performance of Glass Dances (music begins at 1:25 in the video):