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El Camino Real

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: A Latin Fantasy

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Company, through Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
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 Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Vibraphone (with motor)
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves)


In parts:

  • Piccolo, m.207: add "Piccolo" above entrance
  • Flute I, m.59: Add rehearsal number [59]
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.164: Add "meno f"
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, m.88, beat 1: 1st note should be C, not C-sharp
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, m.198: Add 3/4 time signature
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, m.240, beat 2: Add an eighth rest
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, m.57, beat 2: Add an eighth rest
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.145, beat 1: Add "mf"
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.145, beat 4: add hairpin diminuendo
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.146, beat 1: Add "p"
  • B-flat Cornet II, m.2: F-flat should be F-sharp. A difficult issue. Trusted the condensed score.
  • B-flat Cornet II, m.165: Add CUP MT (cup mute)
  • Horn in F I, m.135: Move rehearsal number [135] before Slowly and languorously
  • Horn in F I, m.194: 6th note should be eighth note, not quarter note
  • Trombone II, m.65: 1st note should be E, not C
  • String Bass, m.129: Add rehearsal number [129] before Molto lent (freely)
  • String Bass, m.164: Should be C, not A
  • String Bass, m.191: Remove tie to m.192
  • Percussion IV, Vib, m.135: (3 + 2 + 3) should be (3 + 2 + 2)

In score:

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.145, beat 1: Add "mf"
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.145, beat 4: add hairpin diminuendo
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.146, beat 1: Add "p"
  • Basses, m.192: delete "pizz"

Program Notes

El Camino Real (literally "The Royal Road" or "The King's Highway") was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, the 581st Air Force Band (AFRES) and its commander, Lt. Col. Ray E. Toler. Composed during the latter half of 1984 and completed in early '85, it bears the subtitle "A Latin Fantasy."

The music is based on a series of chord progressions common to countless generations of Spanish flamenco (and other) guitarists, whose fiery style and brilliant playing have captivated millions of music lovers throughout the world. These progressions and the resulting key relationships have become practically synonymous with what we feel to be the true Spanish idiom. Together with the folk melodies they have underscored, in part derived by a procedure known to musicians as the "melodizing of harmony," they have created a vast body of what most people would consider authentic Spanish music.

The first section of the music is based upon the dance form known as the Jota, while the second, contrasting section is derived from the Fandango, but here altered considerably in both time and tempo from its usual form. Overall, the music follows a tradition three-part pattern: fast-slow-fast.

The first public performance of El Camino Real took place on April 15th, 1985, in Sarasota, Florida, with the 581st Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. Ray E. Toler.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Dabelstein, Craig. "El Camino Real, A Latin Fantasy." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 7, compiled and edited by Richard Miles. GIA Publications, 2003, pp. 492-500.
  • Reed, A. (1985). El Camino Real: A Latin Fantasy [score]. Piedmont Music: U.S.