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Festival Variations

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

General Info

Year: 1982
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves)

Cello (optional)


  • Timpani. m.237: “rit.”should begin on beat 3.
  • Percussion. m.6: all notes should have an accent; 5th eighth note should also have “sf” (as in the meas. before).
  • Percussion. m.19, 5th eighth note: “sf” should read “sff” and be centered under the note.
  • Percussion. m.37: last eighth note should have an accent.
  • Percussion. m.38: rewrite the measure with 6 eighth notes and no accent (like meas. 25; not a repeat of meas. 27).
  • Percussion. m.115, beat 4: (chimes) sfz should read sf.
  • Percussion. m.164, beat 6: (xylophone): B natural should read B-flat.
  • Percussion. m.170: (gong) accent missing.
  • Percussion. m.259 (6th repeated measure): add an additional measure of repeat which will become meas. 260.
  • Percussion. m.270, lower system: identify top line as triangle, 2nd space as snare drum.

Program Notes

Premiered at the 75th anniversary of the MENC in San Antonio by the United States Air Force Band who commissioned it, the composition met with immediate and overwhelming acceptance. Festival Variations with its brilliant technical passages coupled with its glorious romanticism will certainly rank as one of the monumental compositions of the 20th century"...Arnald Gabriel, Col (Ret.) Commander/Conductor, The United States Air Force Band. Although difficult, many of the finer bands throughout the world have added this great work to their repertoire and perform it regularly.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • California: VI Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: Category 1
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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