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Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble

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Karel Husa

Karel Husa

General Info

Year: 1949 / 1984
Duration: c. 15:35
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and orchestra
Publisher: Schott Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   


1. Allegretto moderato - 4:55
2. Quasi fantasia - Moderato molto - 5:20
3. Allegretto moderato - 4:55


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Marimba
  • Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone

Program Notes

The Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble is a revision of Husa’s earlier Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, which he composed in 1949. Helene Boschi, pianist, who performed with the Radio Brussels Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Sternefeld, premiered that version on June 6, 1952. The version with wind ensemble was a commission by the Division of Cultural Affairs in the Florida Department of State, and the University of Central Florida Department of Music. The pianist, Gary Wolf, who in 1982 was an artist-in-residence at the University of Central Florida, asked Mr. Husa to compose a work for solo piano and wind band. Husa had already been considering revising his earlier work with orchestra, and so this commission allowed him to finish that project. The premiere performance came on January 28, 1984 at a combined meeting of the National Band Association and the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. The composer conducted the University of Central Florida Wind Ensemble and Gary Wolf as piano soloist.

The work is composed of three movements lasting approximately 16 minutes and, as befits the original version, is scored for an orchestral wind section, plus saxophones and euphonium. The primary theme enters in the fifth measure and displays the Slovak dance character with its implied mixed meter accents that one might expect from a young Czech composer in 1949. The second theme is very romantic in nature and leads into a highly rhythmic section, foreshadowing the Husa that we have come to know in his more mature works. The second movement features the piano in short cadenza-like sections, alternating with the ensemble in a very open scoring style. The longest piano cadenza of the piece appears in this movement, which leads directly into the third movement. The highly rhythmic thematic material weaves its way through the woodwinds until being taken up by the piano and the brass. A contrasting melody is added in the saxophones, gradually building momentum to its stirring conclusion.

- Program Note from liner notes for Mark CD Apotheosis of This Earth (Ithaca College Wind Ensemble)


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Husa, K. [1995?]. Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble [score]. [s.n.]:[s.l.].