Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours (4 bsns)


Ponchielli’s ‘Dance of the Hours’ from ‘La Gioconda’. Here, the ‘Day’, ‘Evening’ and ‘Night’ dances have been arranged for bassoon quartet. Tutus optional!

  • Instruments : 4 Bsns
  • Difficulty : C – approx. ABRSM Grade 5
  • Duration : 5’00
  • ISMN : 979-0-708088-20-2
  • Portus Press reference : PPB6


As famous as Verdi at the time, the Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli enjoyed great success in the latter half of the nineteenth century with his opera La Gioconda, from which The Dance of the Hours originates.  The Dance of the Hours is a ballet which depicts the different times of the day: morning, day, evening and night, alternating between delicate and rousing music – a light-hearted distraction from an otherwise tragic opera.

The Dance of the Hours was used to great effect in Disney’s Fantasia (1940), complete with tutu-clad ballet dancing hippos, and, perhaps even more famously, in the 1963 Grammy-winning “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” sung by the American satirist Allan Sherman.

Here, Day, Evening and Night are arranged for bassoon quartet.

Score Preview


You may also like…