Huntingtower (arr Cesarini)

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Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi (arr. Franco Cesarini)

Subtitled Ballad for Band

General Info

Year: 1932 / 1989
Duration: 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $147.00 | Score Only (print) - $32.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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 Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F (or E-flat) I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Tam-tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle


  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.20: The C-flat should be a B-flat in both score and part.
  • Bass Clarinet, m.4: The E-flat should be an E-Natural in both score and part.
  • Bassoon II, m.7-8: A tie is missing in the part (correct in the score).
  • Horn IV, m.28: The C-natural should be a C-sharp in both score and part.
  • B-flat Trumpet II, m.86: The D-flat should be a D-natural in both score and part.
  • Euphonium m.20: The B-double flat should be an A-flat in both score and part.

Program Notes

Not much is known about the origin of Huntingtower, except for the fact that this ballad was composed in 1931 by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), commissioned by Edwin Franko Goldman and the American Bandmaster Association, and was premiered on 17 April 1932 at a concert in memory of John Philip Sousa in Washington D.C. It is not even certain whether Respighi arranged the work himself, or left this to someone else.

Huntingtower is the name of a castle in Scotland, where Respighi spent some time. It is possible that this ballad contains his musical impressions of his stay there. The orchestration, made by Franco Cesarini in 1987, is an adaptation of the work to the demands of the contemporary concert band.

- Program Note from publisher

N.B. Conductor notes developed specifically for the small band program may be found in Discussion tab, above.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

This composer primarily wrote orchestral music. Other transcriptions of his music include: