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W. Francis McBeth

W. Francis McBeth

This work bears the designation Opus 61.

General Info

Year: 1977
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $8.75


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks

Players clapping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Canto was commissioned by and dedicated to the All-Japan Band Association on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. It was commissioned for the national contest as a required work for the Japanese junior high school bands.

The composition is loosely based on the melody Sakura, which is well known to all Japanese children. The hand-clapping part by different sections is vital to the rhythmic movement of the piece and also much fun for the participants.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class C
  • Arkansas: I
  • California: C
  • Georgia: II
  • Iowa: II
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: I
  • Michigan: Senior High D
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • North Carolina: III
  • South Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: III. Complete
  • Virginia: III


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  • Banda Sinfónica Juvenil Suena Santander (Bucaramanga, Colombia) (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 15 May 2022
  • Avon Lake (Ohio) High School Concert Band (Joshua Brunger, conductor) – 3 March 2022
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band C (Travis Higa, conductor) - 19 April 2021
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (David Roush, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Clovis (Calif.) West High School Symphonic Winds (Joey Neuenschwander, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 21 February 2019
  • Clarence (N.Y.) High School Concert Band (Andrea Runfola , conductor) – 7 February 2019
  • University of Louisville Concert Band (Adam Thomas, graduate conductor) - 10 April 2018
  • Edison High School (Fresno, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Robert Madrid, conductor) - 25 March 2017 (2017 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Netanya Wind Orchestra (Israel) (Motti Miron, conductor) - July 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Battaglia (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Barber) (1967/2021)

All Wind Works


  • McBeth, W. (1978). Canto: For Symphonic Band [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 415.