Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow - Score and Parts

Gil Evans Scores and Parts Project

Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow - Score and Parts


What you get

  • Score and Parts for "Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow" in PDF format via instant download
  • A video explaining the story/history behind this newly rediscovered work
  • A video with tips on rehearsal and performance techniques
  • A scan of a page from the original manuscript in Gil's own hand (downloadable PDF format)
  • A live video of the Gil Evans Project ensemble performing the arrangement, led by Ryan Truesdell
  • A streaming audio example of the arrangement

About This Offer “Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow” is a rare, but welcomed, original composition by Gil, written for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra in late 1950. Gil had reworked this arrangement for several different bands during this time, but somehow the piece went unrecorded. Thankfully we were able to record this amazing, unique chart for the first time on our album, CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans on ArtistShare® in celebration of Gil’s 100th birthday in 2012.

As with all of Gil’s music, close attention needs to be paid to the instrumentation, as it rarely resembles a standard big band. The instrumentation for “Dancing on a Great Big Rainbow” is as follows:

5 Reeds:
        Reed 1:  Alto Saxophone
        Reed 2:  Alto Saxophone
        Reed 3:  Tenor Saxophone
        Reed 4:  Tenor Saxophone
        Reed 5:  Baritone Saxophone
1 French Horn
3 Trumpets
2 Trombones
3 Rhythm (Pno./Bass/Dms.)

Solos include: Reed 3 (Tenor), Piano, and Trumpet 2

In addition to the score and parts, you will also receive supplemental videos in which I explain the unique history behind my discovery of this "lost" work as well as how I rehearse each of these pieces. I will let you know the potential tripping spots and the way to make each piece come alive. I've worked on bringing this music back to life for a very long time, and it is very easy for me to now predict the areas that need addressing. I am confident that I can help you bring this music to the highest level with your own group.