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Court Festival (Latham)

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William P. Latham

William P. Latham

Subtitle: Suite for Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1957
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $57.60   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Intrada – 1:30
2. Pavan – 1:10
3. Galliard – 1:10
4. The Horses Branle – 1:15


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum/Tambor
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A suite in the style of instrumental dance music of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, used at various European court festivals and other ceremonies, William Latham’s Court Festival joins the revered Belwin Classic Band series. The four movements are Intrada, Pavan, Galliard, and The Horses Branle.

- Program Note from publisher

Court Festival is a suite in the style of instrumental dance music of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, used at various European court festivals and other ceremonies. The opening Intrada has a festive or march-like character; the Pavan and Galliard are based on dance music known throughout Europe from the early part of the 16th century -- the pavane is a stately dance in duple meter, the galliard a gay dance in triple meter, The concluding The Horses Branle is in the style of another popular 16th-century dance. The branle was danced everywhere -- in the country and at the court -- and included singing, swaying movements of the body and hands, and pantomime.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Massachusetts: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: II (play 2 contrasting mvts.)
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wind Symphony (John P. Lynch, conductor) - 7 October 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band B (Lindsay Sandberg, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • Kent State (Ohio) Symphony Band (Sarah K. Kois, conductor) – 30 September 2018
  • University of Iowa, University Band (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 4 December 2017
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Symphonic Band (Heather McWilliams, conductor) – 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Latham, W. (1957). Court Festival : Suite for Concert Band [score]. Summy-Birchard Co.: Evanston, Ill.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 314-318.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 370.