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Al Fresco

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Karel Husa

Karel Husa

General Info

Year: 1975
Duration: c. 11:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only: $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (doubles String Bass part)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (doubles Bb Bass Saxophone part)
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax I-II
Baritone Sax
Bass Saxophone (doubles Bb Contrabass Clarinet part)
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
String Bass (3-4 players preferred, doubles Contrabassoon part)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (2 large crash, 1 small suspended, 1 large suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (2)
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Al Fresco has its roots in Karel Husa’s 1947 orchestral work, Three Fresques for Orchestra, Op. 7. Because the first movement was driven by extensive wind writing, Husa found the perfect opportunity to reimagine the music for wind band upon receiving a commission to compose a work for the Ithaca College Concert Band. Fittingly, this keystone work was the first of the heralded Walter Beeler Memorial Commissions. The first performance was given by the Ithaca College Concert Band (Edward Gobrecht, director) at the MENC Convention in Philadelphia on April 19, 1975, with the composer as guest conductor.

Al Fresco has no programmatic content. However, the title indicates my admiration for the art of painting, especially mural painting on wet plaster. And I have always been greatly moved by the forceful, even grandiose and rough, mysterious pictures dealing with primitive life, war, and pageantry.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Arkansas: VI
  • Florida: VI --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
  • New York: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Texas: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 3 March 2020
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (William Talley, conductor) – 30 November 2018
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Austin Hinkle, conductor) – 26 October 2018
  • Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Dane Heuchemer, conductor) - 8 April 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 23 March 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Kevin Holzman, conductor) – 2 November 2017
  • College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Wind Ensemble (Kevin Michael Holzman-conductor)—2 November, 2017
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Wind Ensemble (R. Reed Chamberlin, conductor) - 21 April 2017 (2017 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jacqueline Townsend, conductor) – 12 April 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 8 March 2017
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 7 March 2017
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 7 March 2017
  • Seattle Pacific University Wind Ensemble (Danny Helseth, conductor) - 24 February 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Brian Diller, conductor) – 1 December 2016
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) – 13 November 2016
  • San Francisco Wind Ensemble (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) – 27 February 2016
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Mark Norman, conductor) – 23 February 2016
  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 22 February 2016
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 2 February 2016
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Wind Ensemble (Frederick Speck, conductor) – 15 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.

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