Composed by Valarie Morris (July 2007)
For woodwind Quintet
Published by Sandscape Publications
Includes score and parts
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn in F, and Bassoon
Cloud Dances was influenced by the ever-changing, always beautiful clouds in the skies of Santa Fe. The dances reflect the visuals in different shapes, colors, and moods of the four time spans. Dance 1 introduces a variety of clouds sculpted by winds. Dance 2 combines a tango rhythm with occasional clave beats for a contemporary type of Latin cloud reverie. Dance 3 in 7/8 presents a somewhat unexpected cloud experience with a regular irregular beat. Dance 4 slowly smooths out a moving harmonic cloud cover across the horizons.