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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1992 / 1993
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €329.98   |   Score Only (print) - €46.86


1. Elegy – 6:00
2. Intermezzo – 6:20
3. Tarantella – 4:15


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned for the World Music Contest in 1993. The music in in three movements: Elegy, Interezzo, and Tarantella.

The opening Elegy is built largely on a gentle, insisting, basic rhythm first heard in the flutes under the main theme in the oboe. These two motifs are developed through all of the colors of the wind band, at times sorrowful and song-like, and at other times highly dramatic in character, before the movement finally settles down to a soft close on an E minor chord after having been heard mainly as non-tonal in structure and feeling throughout.

The second movement, by way of contrast, a gracious intermezzo, is developed from a quiet, lilting theme with just a touch of Latin flavor, featuring the woodwind colors of the band cast in 5/8 meter through much of the texture. Joining the wind and soft percussion colors here is the harp, which at times seems almost to be sounding as a large Spanish guitar strumming accompaniments to the various melodic lines.

The third movement, again as a major contrast to what has come before, is a fiery tarantella, drawing on a fugal-like theme that is developed with all of the virtuosity inherent in the modern, fully integrated wind group, and which sweeps along relentlessly to a final, brilliant conclusion both as to its own movement and the work as a whole.

- Program Note from Score

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State Ratings

The piece was a required work for the World Music Contest 1993 for the First Division.


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