This is the premiere performance of my brass quintet "Danse Joyeuse". Danse Joyeuse is an arrangement for brass quintet of Amader Khepie Beray, a song composed by India's Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The original Bengali translates roughly as:
The spring wind madly blows,
Swirling away the moon and the stars.
We joyously dance to the rhythm of the waves on the sea.
Let us leave behind all our burdens and move ever onward;
The joy in our steps will show us the way.
In this arrangement I have attempted to capture the rollicking, joyful "dance of life" that is depicted in Tagore's song.