Romanian Dance #1 – by Béla Bartók
Arranged by Thé Hóppah (Wes Hopper) in his “goofy” period. Like 90 % of Wes’ writing, this arrangement is extremely challenging while being well thought-out and rewarding to put together. It requires a high level of individual mastery. BUT!!! The mastery required is in short bursts so at least there’s that. The dance begins with some rompin’-stompin’ low brass action and they remain the motor throughout most of the tune. The other instruments get to show off some things, but mostly they are melody makers and in the way of the harmonic demon-motor created by the low brass (who are awesome). The horn players will complain about the high notes, but they have more to do than off-beats…remind them of that if they get bitchy.