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Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

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Subtitle: Omaggio a Federico Fellini

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 23:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $375.00   |   Score Only (print) - $75.00


Wind Orchestra

Full Score
Solo Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)

Circus Band

Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fellini takes the listener into the surrealistic and dreamy world of the legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993). His early influences were -- in his own words -- "Cinema, Circus, Sex & Spaghetti". These themes form the theatrical tetralogy in which the alto saxophone serves as the personification of a circus clown. He does not take the traditional position next to the conductor, but moves gracefully across the stage from a make-up table to a sofa bed, and makes side trips to the circus band -- somewhere in the lobby of the theatre, independent from the orchestra on stage. Adding this offstage circus band -- which seems to come from a parallel universe -- enhances the unreal, circus-like atmosphere, like in many of Fellini's films.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • New Jersey Wind Symphony (Ridgewood) (Johan de Meij, conductor; Hans de Jong, alto saxophone) - 6 November 2022
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Johan de Meij, conductor; Henk van Twillert, alto saxophone) – 2 March 2019
  • State University of New York at Fredonia Wind Symphony (Paula Holcomb, conductor; Diane Hunger, alto saxophone) – 11 April 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cicconi, C. (2017). The Band Music Handbook: A Catalog of Emerging Band Repertoire. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, Md.