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James Thornton

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Timpani (also plays Bells)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Marimba
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Benignus was composed in 1994 in honor of the composer's father, Donald J. Thornton, a career instrumental music educator and the father of six professional musicians. The Latin title, pronounced Beh-NEE-nyoss, is the appellation of a kind, generous and fruitful person and fittingly honors Donald J. Thornton. Benignus is a classic Chaconne with the original theme appearing as a cornet/euphonium octave unison and the subsequent variants developing and building into a grand and heroic finale, all portraying the varied and enormous character of the dedicatee.

Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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