Fantasy on a Colonial Air

From Wind Repertory Project
Jim Curnow

James Curnow

General Info

Year: 1989 (pub. 1990)
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jenson Publications/dist. Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - Out Of Print   |   Score Only - Out Of Print


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet or Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal
    • Crash
    • Suspended
  • Triangles (3)
    • Large
    • Medium
    • Small
  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fantasy on a Colonial Air was commissioned by the Lassiter High School Symphony Band, Alfred J. Watkins conductor, from Marietta, GA. It was premiered by this group on December 15, 1989 at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic with the composer conducting. The basis of the work is the William Billing's tune Chester. The opening measures, in cut time, uses only the first phrase of the tune accompanied by various repeated rhythms. At m. 63 is the first full occureence of the tune, voiced in the clarinet, alto saxophone, horn, and euphonium. Variations of this melody include a version in a fast 3/4 meter as well as in a slow 4/4. The opening material returns to bring the work to a close.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Curnow, J. (1990). Fantasy on a colonial air [full score]. Jenson Publications: Milwaukee, WI.