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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)


None discovered thus far.

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.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Tyler (Tx.) Junior College Wind Ensemble (Eddie W. Airheart, conductor) - 5 November 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby Francis, conductor) – 13 October 2020
  • Lakeland (Ohio) Civic Band (Dan Crain, conductor) – 15 March 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) – 10 February 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Luslaida Barbosa, conductor) – 6 November 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 14 October 2019
  • Santa Fe Wind Ensemble (Gainesville, Fla.) (Steve Bingham, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Beijing (China) Wind Orchestra (Li Fangfang, conductor) – 18 July 2019
  • Whitehouse Wind Symphony (Somerville, N.J.) (James P. Sheeley, Jr., conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • United States Coast Guard Academy Band (New London, Conn.) (Kenneth L. Megan, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) (James Osborn, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Windham (NH) Concert Band (Spencer Aston, conductor) – 6 April 2019
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Timothy Diem, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA) Symphonic Band (Phillip Clements, conductor) – 16 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • CJMEA (New Jersey) Region II Wind Ensemble (T. André Feagin, conductor) – 13 January 2019
  • Orcas Island Community Band (Eastsound, Wash.) (Jim Shaffer-Bauck, conductor) – 16 December 2018
  • Brevard (N.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Eric Peterson, conductor) – 9 November 2018
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) Symphonic Band (T. André Feagin, conductor) – 9 October 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Donald Peach, conductor) – 8 October 2018
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (Gary W. Hill, conductor) – 25 September 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Ryan Smith, conductor) – 23 September 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Come, Sweet Death (Flex instrumentation) (as transcriber; arr. Benson) (1736/1976/2019)
  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1985). El Camino Real: A Latin Fantasy [score]. Piedmont Music: U.S.