ECWO is happy to announce that Dirty Dancing by Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen is the Test Piece for the European Championship for Wind Orchestras 2024 that will be organised in Oslo, Norway on Saturday 25 May 2024.
In November 2014, the conductor Peter Szilvay, on behalf of Christiania Wind Ensemble (Oslo), commissioned a piece from the Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen. He was looking for a quite short piece of music, effective, intense and dance-like.He mentioned A Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams, and I answered his request by writing my piece, Dirty Dancing. It is a rather easy listening piece that play with riffs and rhythms.Szilvay did not conduct the premiere of the piece. Trond Husebø took over and conducted the premiere the 7th of March 2015 in Oslo.