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Capriol Suite

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Peter Warlock

Peter Warlock (trans. Frazier)

General Info

Year: 1926 / 2010
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano duet
Publisher: Richard Frazier Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $120.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


1. Basse-Dance - c. 1:45
2. Pavane- c. 2:10
3. Tordion - c. 1:10
4. Bransles - c. 2:00
5. Pieds-en-l’air - c. 2:45
6. Mattachins (Sword Dance) - c. 1:15


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpets I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Peter Warlock was the “musical nom de plume” of Philip Heseltine (1894-1930), an intensely colorful Englishman who, in 1926, composed his most famous work for string orchestra, Capriol. In March 1928 Warlock scored a setting of this music for full orchestra, which is rarely performed.

Richard Frazier has based his version for symphonic band on a composite of these two settings. Warlock drew from dancing melodies composed in the sixteenth century, placing them in the context of the harmonic language of the early years of the twentieth century in a way that is fresh and vigorous but that, at the same time, honors the customs and style of Elizabethan England. This suite of dances is a pure delight, full of contrast, terpsichorean energy, and heartfelt musical sentiment. In this arrangement for concert band Richard Frazier creates a kaleidoscopic layering of instrumental color that truly brings this music to life.

- Program note by Richard Frazier


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Chester County (Penn.) Concert Band (David W. Reif, conductor) - 3 May 2015
  • Atasacadero Community Band (Rich Smucker, conductor) - 2 March 2013
  • Arlington All-City Band - 2010-2011

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