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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: A Theater Overture for Winds

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
String Bass/Electric Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


In parts and score:

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.38: Add crescendo between bars
  • B-flat Cornet II, m.141: Should be D-sharp, not E
  • Trombone I, m.141: Should be F-natural, not F-sharp
  • Bells, m.133: 2nd note should be G#, not C

In score:

  • Bassoon II, m.116: 2nd note should be E-natural, not E-flat
  • Horn in F III-IV, m.76: Add a crescendo from the 2nd beat to the next bar
  • Timpani, m.142: Diminuendo should be a a Crescendo

Program Notes

From the renowned composer Alfred Reed comes this unique musical panorama. An original work, it explores the theater overture style as one of the important musical styles to emerge in the 20th century. Written for the Wheaton, Illinois, Municipal Band's 60th anniversary, this single-movement work includes six sections: Opening Fanfare, Bright Two-Step, Romantic Ballad, Soft Shoe Novelty, Latin Production Number, and Jazz/Rock Finale.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Reed, A. (1990). Curtain Up!: A Theater Overture for Winds [score]. Jenson Publications: [United States].