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Children's Overture

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Eugène Bozza

Eugène Bozza

General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edition Peters
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Bassoon I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This international potpourri of children's melodies was commissioned in 1964 by Robert A. Boudreau, founder and conductor of the American Wind Symphony of Pittsburgh. Since 1975 the band has presented concerts sailing the waterways of North America and Europe from the deck of its own floating arts center, Counterpoint II. During that time Boudreau and the C.F. Peters Cop. have commission hundreds of works from many of the world's major composers.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

This "international potpourri of children's melodies" including the French tune Frere Jacques. Though the work is certainly no "child's play" for its technical challenges, the work captures the exuberant, boisterous, teasingly play and fleeting moments of repose in the life of a child.

- Program Note from the State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony concert program, 3 October 2019


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Shawn Smith, conductor) - 5 April 2022
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Brent Echols, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony Chamber Winds (Alexander Gonzalez, conductor) – 14 November 2019
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (Jason Casler, conductor) – 4 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Donna Dolson, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 23 September 2018
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Orchestra (Alain Cazes, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 3 March 2017
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 22 April 2016
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 29 March 2016
  • Hodgson Winds (University of Georgia, Athens) (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 6 October 2015
  • Northwest Wind Symphony (Dan Schmidt, conductor) – 20 April 2013

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