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Divertimento for Symphonic Winds and Percussion

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Karel Husa

Karel Husa (orch. John Boyd)

General Info

Year: 1955 / 1995
Duration: c. 10:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano, four-hands
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


1. Overture – 1:50
2. Scherzo – 1:25
3. Song - 2:25
4. Slovak Dance – 4:35


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales (high)
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Husa moved to the United States in 1954, destined for the music faculty at Cornell University. The following year he composed a Divertimento for piano, four-hands. Husa later arranged this music for brass ensemble (1958) and brass quintet (1968). After two decades of gently "pestering" Husa for a wind-band arrangement, John Boyd received permission to fashion his own version, which received its premiere at lndiana State University during Husa's 75th birthday year (1996).

Boyd explained that, "In my orchestration, I have intended to capture all the character and folk flavor of the earlier version. Only in movement three, 'Song,' have I departed from the composer's rather sparse setting ... This is tonal Husa, rhythmically accessible Husa -- an interesting view of a wonderful composer in his earlier years."

- Program Note by Todd Sullivan


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: C
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: III. (any two movements)
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Texas: V. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Husa, K.; Boyd, J. (1995). Divertimento for symphonic winds and percussion [score]. Ludwig Music Pub.: Grafton, Ohio.
  • Sullivan, Todd (2000). "Divertimento". Liner note from CD Philharmonia a Vent: Masterworks for Wind Band.