Publication Date

Fall 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Music and Dance


Pablo E. Furman

Subject Areas



Ask Her To Dance is a work for Wind Ensemble. It is composed in three sections and is based upon two themes, one rhythmic and one melodic.

The pitch material of this piece is built from various transpositions of a nine-note synthetic scale. This scale is essentially a major scale with two additional notes: the minor second above the tonic and the tri-tone above the tonic.

The first section of the piece, lasting approximately three minutes, features a rhythmically augmented, and somewhat modified form of the main melodic theme. The second section is the largest of the piece and features various "dances" based on the rhythmic and melodic themes. The final section begins about ten minutes into the piece. It features one final "dance" built upon the rhythmic theme.