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First Swedish Rhapsody

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Erik Leidzén

Erik Leidzén

General Info

Year: 1950
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mills Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Four contrasting melodies form the thematic material of this composition, and the introduction is based on the first of these; a nostalgic song of home then follows a typical Scandinavian folk tune, after which comes a students' song, emphasizing the "sweet idleness" between classes. The quiet pastorale is suddenly interrupted by martial strains leading to a march-like folk melody, the development of which brings the rhapsody to a sonorous ending. This original band work was dedicated to Josef Toft, a friend of the composer.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Tennessee: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Leidzén, E. (1950). First Swedish Rhapsody [score]. Mills Music: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 376.