E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tom-toms (2)
In the 50 years Commemorative Edition:
- Percussion I, Toms, 6 m. before rehearsal A: Add accents on all of the notes in this measure
- Percussion I, 2 m. before rehearsal A: The bottom voice on the first staff should be marked as crash cymbals
- Percussion I, Snare Drum, 3 m. before rehearsal A: Add a tremolo and a tie to the whole note
In the new printing/engraving (not the 50 years Commemorative Edition):
- B-flat Cornet III, 9th measure of Letter T, beat 3: missing the natural, should be A natural.
- Trombone III, 3rd measure of Letter L: should be F-sharp through the whole measure, the natural is incorrect.
- Trombone III, 4th measure of Letter L: should be F-sharp, the sharp in the score is on the wrong part.
- Flute/C Piccolo, 6th measure of Letter B: second half note should be an E-flat, not D.
- B-flat Clarinet III, 4th measure of Letter O: the (tr) marking is incorrect for that measure.
- E-flat Alto Saxophone II, 9th measure of letter C: there is a natural sign at the end of the measure that doesn't need to be there. Doesn't affect any notes.
- E-flat Alto Saxophone II, 3rd measure of Letter D: the first note is correct, the last two beats should be a quarter note triplet (D-B-D) as printed in the score.
- F Horn III, 4 measures before Letter A: Notes are missing. There should be a G on beats 2 & 4 along with the F.
- F Horn IV, 4 measures before Letter A: Notes are missing. There should be a G on beats 2 & 4 along with the F.
- Trombone III, 3rd measure of Letter L, beat 4: F-sharp should be a F natural
- Baritone T.C., the measure before Letter E: the last note of the measure is missing a flat, should be B-flat.
- Baritone T.C., Letter T: the key signature change is not noted for the remainder of the piece. They should be in the key of D (C concert)
- Percussion II, 8th and 9th measure of Letter E: the 8th and 9th measures of Letter E are reversed.
- Percussion II, 2 measures before Letter F: beat 4 does not need the noted articulation.
- Percussion II, 2nd measure of Letter M: Add a "p" dynamic marking
In Score and Parts:
- Flute/C Piccolo, Letter C: First note should be an F, not E-flat.
- Oboe, 7th measure of Letter C: the slur is missing.
- Bassoon I-II, 5th measure of Letter Q: the lower note should be a C, not an E-flat as printed
- B-flat Clarinet I, 6th measure of Letter C: missing a tie. The part is correct at Letter R.
- B-flat Clarinet II, 6th measure of Letter C: missing a tie. The part is correct at Letter R.
- B-flat Clarinet II, 7th measure of Letter C: the slur is missing.
- B-flat Clarinet III, 6th measure of Letter C: missing a tie. The part is correct at Letter R.
- B-flat Clarinet III, 7th measure of Letter C: the slur is missing.
- Alto Saxophone I, 2 measures before Letter C: the second note of the triplet should be a G, not an A. Alto 1 part is correct.
- Alto Saxophone I, 4th measure of Letter C: printed wrong note - it should be an A.
- Alto Saxophone I, 3rd measure of Letter R: the figure should be played a half-beat earlier, matching the horns.
- Alto Saxophone II, 2 measures before Letter C: the second note of the triplet should be a G, not an A. Alto 1 part is correct.
- Alto Saxophone II, 4th measure of Letter C: printed wrong note - it should be an A.
- Alto Saxophone II, 2nd measure of Letter H: the first note should be an E natural, not F-sharp as printed.
- Alto Saxophone II, 3rd measure of Letter R: the figure should be played a half-beat earlier, matching the horns.
- Baritone Saxophone, 7th measure of Letter R: add a flat, OR tie over from previous measure.
- Cornet II, 10th measure of Letter T: missing an eighth rest after the first note.
- Cornet III, 10th measure of Letter T: missing an eighth rest after the first note.
- F Horn I, 2 measures before letter E: slur missing between first two notes of the measure. The slur in the next measure is incorrect.
- F Horn II, 2 measures before letter E: slur missing between first two notes of the measure. The slur in the next measure is incorrect.
- F Horn III, 2 measures before letter E: slur missing between first two notes of the measure. The slur in the next measure is incorrect.
- F Horn IV, 2 measures before letter E: slur missing between first two notes of the measure. The slur in the next measure is incorrect.
- Trombone II, 4th & 8th measure of Letter C: there is a staccato on beat 2 that is incorrect.
- Trombone II, 4th measure of Letter L: the note should be G-natural, not G sharp.
- Trombone II, 6th measure of Letter T: missing a tie in the ostinato part.
- Trombone III, 6th measure of Letter T: missing a tie in the ostinato part.
- Trombone III, 11th measure of Letter M: the note should be a C, not D.
- Baritone B.C., 2nd measure of Letter G: last note of the measure (an E) is missing a flat
- Baritone B.C., 9th and 10th measure of Letter R: the top note should be a B-flat, and the bottom an E-natural
- Baritone B.C., 3rd and 7th measure of Letter T: the first note of the measure should be an E-natural, not a D.
- Tuba, 2nd measure of H: the first note should be a C, not E.
- Percussion I, 2 measures before Letter S: there is a random ff marking that doesn't belong.
- Percussion I, the measure before Letter T: the cymbal is missing the l.v. mark
- Percussion II, 3rd and 4th measure of Letter L: the tie is missing.
This first published work of Claude T. Smith was released in 1964. Over the ensuing years it has become the standard of comparison in concert band literature. The mixed meter along with the lyrical freshness typical of Smith ushered in a new era for composers writing for concert band. Emperata Overture is simply a "must" for every working band director.
- Program Note by publisher
Emperata Overture opens with a fanfare-like statement by the brass section accompanied by percussion in the background. The main theme is then stated by the clarinets with a rhythmic brass background in 4/4 meter, but occasionally a 7/8 meter separates phrases. The middle section presents a lyrical statement of a new theme by a flute soloist followed by reiterations of the theme in various sections of the band as well as by the full band. The ending is highlighted by a change of key and a restatement of themes, making a very exciting finish.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
Celebrating its 50th anniversary. Emperata Overture was Smith's first published work. This time-tested classic is an exciting and rewarding work, perfect for contest or festival.
- Program Note by the Vandercook College of Music Symphonic Band concert program, 19 December 2014
None discovered thus far.
- Alabama: Class A
- Arkansas: IV
- California: V, Class A
- Georgia: V
- Indiana: Group II
- Iowa: III
- Kansas: IV
- Louisiana: IV
- Maryland: IV
- Michigan: Class AA (Junior High School); A (High School)
- Minnesota: Category II
- Mississippi: V-A
- New York: V
- North Carolina: V
- Ohio: OMEA High School Band B
- Oklahoma: Class 4A
- Oregon: V-A
- South Carolina: V
- Tennessee: V
- Virginia: V
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Central Florida (Orlando) Concert Band (Danny Santos, conductor) – 17 September 2020
- Lander University (Greenwood, S.C.) Wind Ensemble (Reed Gallo, conductor) – 27 February 2020
- Cincinnati (Ohio) Youth Symphonic Band – 29 April 2019
- University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Barry L. Houser, conductor) – 25 April 2019
- Willamette Valley Concert Band (Albany, Ore.) (Randy Solansky, conductor) – 16 March 2019
- Texas A&M University (College Station) Concert Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) – 2 March 2019
- San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Band (Leonard Lutz, conductor) – 18 November 2018
- Temple (Tex.) College Symphonic Band (Brent Colwell, conductor) – 4 November 2018
- Youngstown State University (Ohio) Concert Band (Brandt Payne, conductor) – 18 October 2018
- North Dakota State University (Fargo) University Band (Warren Olfert, conductor) – 15 October 2018
- Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 22 July 2018
- Clovis (Calif.) North High School Concert Band (Jose Vargas, conductor) – 16 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Connor Fetting, conductor) – 29 November 2017
- Kishwaukee Concert Band (DeKalb, Ill.) (Dave Lehman, conductor) – 22 October 2017
- Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 7 December 2016
- Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Winona Holsinger, conductor) – 26 April 2016
- University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Cory Driscoll (Gregg I Hanson?), conductor) – 26 April 2016
- Vienna (Va.) Community Band (Cornelius A. Young, conductor) – 13 March 2016
- University of California, Berkeley, Wind Ensemble (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 12 August 2015
- University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Barry Houser, conductor) – 16 July 2015
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Acclamation (1969)
- Across the Wide Missouri
- Affirmation and Credo
- Allegheny Portrait
- Allegro and Intermezzo
- America the Beautiful
- American Folk Song Trilogy
- Anthem for Winds and Percussion (1978)
- Avondale Overture
- Bainbridge Fair
- Battle Hymn of the Republic
- Beguine on a Brazilian Folk Song
- Black Watch March
- Bombasto Concert March
- Boys of the Old Brigade (as editor)
- Bulgarian Folk Dance
- Canticle: All Creatures of Our God and King
- Castlebrooke Overture
- Chorale and Allegro
- Chorale and Fugato (1989)
- Chorale Prelude on a German Hymn Tune
- Chorale Prelude: All Things Bright and Beautiful (as arranger) (1848/1985)
- Chorale Prelude: For the Beauty of the Earth
- Chorale Prelude: Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart
- Citation (Concert March) (1964)
- Commemoration Fanfare and Chorale
- Concert Celebration
- Concert Dance and Intermezzo
- Concert Piece
- Concert Variations
- Cresset Variations
- Dance Prelude
- Danse Folâtre (1991)
- Danza Sonora
- Declaration Overture (1976)
- Distant Trumpet, The
- Dramatic Prelude
- Emperata Overture (1964)
- Eternal Father, Strong to Save (1860/1975)
- Fanfare, Ballad and Jubilee
- Fantasia for Alto Saxophone (1983)
- Fantasy for Trumpet (1967)
- Festival Variations (1982)
- Festive Proclamation
- Flight (1985)
- Flourish and Hymn of Praise
- Gala XXV: A Symphonic Overture
- Galop Humoresque (1985)
- God of Our Fathers (as arranger)
- Golden Regiment (Concert March)
- Greensleeves (1979)
- Honor Guard March (1959/2017)
- Horizons West
- Hymn to Saint Avold
- Incidental Suite (1966)
- Indiana State Band March (as editor) (1896/1986)
- Inscriptions for Band
- Intrada: Adoration and Praise
- Introduction and Caccia
- Introduction and Fugato
- Invocation and Jubiloso
- Island Fiesta
- Jubilant Prelude
- Jubilee for Winds
- Jubilo, a Concert Overture
- Legacy for Band
- March on a Scottish Air
- March on an Irish Air
- March Spiritoso
- Meremac Rhapsody
- Moresca: A Symphonic Pantomime
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- Overture for a Festival
- Overture on an Early American Folk Hymn
- Overture Romantique
- Oxford Point Overture
- Peter Schmoll (as arranger)
- Prelude and Toccata (Smith)
- Prelude for Band (1972)
- Prelude Variations
- Raise Your Voice In Song
- Rejoice in Glorious Hope
- A Rhapsody on Christmas Carols (1987)
- Rondo for Trumpet
- Royal Lancer
- Santiago Carnival (1980)
- Serenade and Dance
- Shenandoah: A Sea Fantasy
- Silver Salutation
- Sonus Ventorum (1970)
- Spirit of Texas
- Star Song
- Stone Mountain Overture
- Suite for Solo Flute, Clarinet and Alto Saxophone (1987/2002)
- Summer in Rio (1981)
- Symphonic March on an English Hymn Tune (1985/1994)
- Symphonic Prelude on "Adeste Fidelis" (1983)
- Symphonic Psalm (1979)
- Symphonic Variations on "In Dulci Jubilo"
- Symphonic Variations on "Amazing Grace" (1987)
- Symphony No. 1 for Band (1979)
- Thousand Hills Overture (1994)
- Three Contrasts for Horn and Wind Ensemble (1977/1994)
- Variations on a Hymn by Louis Bourgeois (1984)
- Variations on a Revolutionary Hymn
- Variations on an English Folk Song (1981)
- Variations on an English Hymn
- The Water is Wide
- Were You There When They Crucified My Lord (Four Symphonic Chorales)
- Windgate Festival
- World Freedom March
- Zia, Zia!
- Smith, C. (1964). Emperata Overture [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City, Mo.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 546-547.