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Divertimento for Symphonic Winds and Percussion

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Karel Husa

Karel Husa (orch. Boyd)

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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


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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

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: C
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Texas: V. Complete


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  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 5 April 2018
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Kevin Holzman, conductor) – 23 September 2016
  • Philharmonic Winds (Singapore) (John Boyd, conductor) - 2008

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.