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Black Mask, The

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Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (ed. Robert E Foster)

General Info

Year: 1914 / 2015
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00; (digital) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

While published under the name of Al Hayes, The Black Mask was actually composed by Henry Fillmore and is one of many works that he published using other names. The Fillmore family’s publishing firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, was originally a religious publishing company, and Henry’s father did not approve of bands or band music. He did not want his son associated with either of them. Henry loved both, however, and wrote a march under a pseudonym which he convinced his father to publish. His father finally agreed as long as Henry’s name was not on it. Henry’s marches turned out to be very successful, and eventually, as a result of their popularity, his father allowed him to write and publish marches using his own name.

Later, after Henry was a well-established composer, he became concerned about the large number of works published under his name. He thought it would be better to have some works listed by other composers, and he started using other names such as Gus Beans, Harold Bennett, Ray Hall, Harry Hartley, Will Huff, Henrietta Moore, and Al Hayes. He would use different names for works at various levels of difficulty, and Al Hayes was a name he used for works of moderate difficulty. He eventually published a total of 57 pieces using this pseudonym.

- Program Note from Palmetto Concert Band concert program, 15 December 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Courage (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1919/2003/2012)
  • His Honor March (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1934/2014)

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