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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1956 / 1999
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00

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Full Score
Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Orchestra Bells


  • Bassoon, Letter B-2: Add a slur over entire bar
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, Letter C+4: 1st note should be C sharp, not C (2nd note is correct)  
  • Trombone III, Letter C-1: Add 3/4 time signature, make a double vertical line immediately before
  • Percussion, m.1: Bass clef should be treble clef (The first note is E, not G).

Program Notes

Like most ballades, its single main theme, accompanied by two smaller motifs, is developed in a continuous fashion, affecting many subtle changes of mood and color, even though almost every single measure is related in a close or distant way. In deference to the French school of saxophone playing, which was taken as a basis for the composition of this piece, the emphasis is on the long lyrical line of brilliant but light color, while the accompaniment is an always changing harmonic background of chords.

This work is one of a group of three pieces for solo wind instruments and band commissioned by the G. LeBlanc Corporation as performance vehicles for their artist/clinicians, the other two being Ode for Trumpet and Serenade for Clarinet. It was written for Vincent J. “Jimmy” Abato, a brilliant virtuoso both on the clarinet and saxophone.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (T.j. Anderson, conductor; Scott Kallestad, alto saxophone) - 20 April 2022
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (T. André Feagin, conductor; Peter Sommer, alto saxophone) – 18 October 2019
  • Caldwell (N.J.) University Wind Ensemble (Rebecca Vega, conductor; Pedro Liriano, alto saxophone) - 7 December 2018
  • Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.) University Band (Richard Fischer, conductor) - 28 September 2018
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Civic Concert Band (Erin Armstrong, conductor; Thomas Kloss, alto saxophone) – 23 February 2018
  • Coastal Carolina University (Conway, S.C.) Wind Ensemble (T. André Feagin, conductor; Daniel O’Reilly, alto saxophone) – 12 October 2017
  • Brass Musik Schwärmer (Ichikawa, Japan) – 29 April 2013

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Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Meredith Music Publications, 2004, pp. 243.