At the Octoroon Balls
for String Quartet

Composer: Marsalis, Wynton

  • 29110021

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At the Octoroon Balls for string quartet is based on traditional Creole music that surrounded the composer while growing up in New Orleans. The octoroon balls were held for white Creole men to choose their Octoroon (one-eighth Black ancestry, with one Black great-grandparent) mistresses. Divided into seven movements, the piece includes fiddle reels, hoe downs, jug stomps, and marching bands – even a somber tone poem.
Total performance time is about 45 minutes.

Set of Parts.
Also available: Score (Cat. #29110020)

Instrumentation: String Quartet
Duration: 45'
Composed: 1995
Published by: Wynton Marsalis (administered by Skayne's Music)
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