Festival Favorites: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

This baroque favorite has been expertly arranged by Robert Longfield. A musical gem for young string orchestras!

Christoph W. von Gluck (1714-1787) is an eighteenth-century composer known for his operas. Well-traveled, he lived and composed in London, Vienna, and Paris. Mozart and Berlioz are among the composers who were influenced by his work.

It is a grade 2 on the UIL PML and class D on the Florida MPA list. 

About Dance of the Blessed Spirits

The “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” should be performed in a light, graceful style with contrast between the notes marked tenuto and those marked staccato. The piano part is intended for use in rehearsal.

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About Robert Longfield

Robert Longfield has earned degrees in music education and music performance from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami. His teachers have included Elizabeth Green, Jerry Bilik, Dr. William Revelli, and Dr. Alfred Reed.

Mr. Longfield has been a music educator in the public schools of Michigan and Florida for over thirty-five years. He is currently orchestra director and Chairman of the Performing Arts Department at Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Pinecrest, Florida. He is also the conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band.

Mr. Longfield has received several commissions and has over one hundred fifty publications to his credit. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Japan.

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