Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet

Sergei Prokofiev
Catalog numbers: 

SMC S979CB/ HL 294822

Duration (minutes): 
Detailed Instrumentation: 
Concert Band
This publication marks the first-ever symphonic wind band edition of the Dance of the Knights, from Scene 2 “Capulet’s Ball” of Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. “[The ballet] led to one of the most beloved dance works in the repertory and a series of famous orchestral suites…but the celebrated legacy of Romeo and Juliet belies its tortured history: It left Prokofiev broken and emerged from a period that left many of his colleagues dead.” (New York Times). Nathan Jones’ scoring for symphonic wind band faithfully captures the magic of the original orchestration of this famous work, which has been heard in numerous films and TV shows, including The Simpsons, War Machine, Good Morning Britain and Gotham, among many others. This piece is an ideal opener or closer for intermediate to advanced band.