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Headless Horseman, The

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Timothy Broege

Timothy Broege

General Info

Year: 1973 / 1980
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Baritone Saxophoe
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium/Tenor Saxophone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This short piece compresses a fair amount of material into a brief time span. The nine-bar introduction, Adagio misterioso, sets the stage for the entry of Washington Irving's Headless Horseman, described so vividly in the classic short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and given further life in classic animated films by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.

Some younger players (and some audience members) have been frightened by the opening bars -- Good! There is drama and excitement in this brief musical ride, so let the faint-hearted pass it by.

Composed in June 1973, The Headless Horseman was first performed in July 1973 by the Manasquan (New Jersey) Summer School Concert Band. The score was subsequently revised and engraved in 1980 under the personal supervision of Mr. John D. Forbes, master engraver and editor.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Georgia: III
  • Louisiana: I
  • Michigan: Junior High C
  • North Carolina: III
  • South Carolina: III
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: III
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class C


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Broege, T. (1980, 1987). The Headless Horseman : Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 148-153.