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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1972
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Company through Hal Leonard Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $7.50

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In parts:

  • Bassoon I, m.9: Note should be B-natural, not B-flat
  • Oboe II, m.38: 2nd cue note should be F-sharp, not F-natural
  • Percussion, m.55: Removed BD roll symbol
  • Bells, Vib., Xylo., m.100: Add Bells label

Program Notes

Imperatrix, A Concert Overture for Band, was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, the G. P. Babb Junior High School Band of Forest Park, Georgia, and its director, Donald E. Wilkes. The work was written early in 1972, and the first performance took place on April 7th, 1972, when the Babb Junior High School Symphonic Band appeared at a concert given for the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Junior High School Band and Orchestra Meeting, with Mr. Wilkes conducting.

The music is in sectional form, opening with a broad introduction that states all of the thematic material from which the work will be built. This is followed by a brilliant Allegro, commencing with a fanfare-like figure in the brass and proceeding through a hard-driving development in non-traditional harmonic structures that finally dies away as the third section begins. This contrasting episode is built up from a long, lyrical line sung by all of the flutes in unison over a rich, warm and quiet background in the clarinets, baritones, and tuba. The closing cadence of this section, like that of the first, leads back to the Allegro once again, which this time drives on into the coda where all of the themes are restated in the brightest colors of the Band. The work ends with a joyous and triumphant conclusion.

- Program Note from the score

The Latin word imperator derives from the stem of the verb imperare, meaning 'to order, to command'. It was originally employed as a title roughly equivalent to commander under the Roman Republic. Later it became a part of the titulature of the Roman Emperors as part of their cognomen. The English word emperor derives from imperator via Old French. In Latin, the feminine form of imperator is imperatrix.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • North Carolina: IV


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  • Imperator, Wikipedia Accessed 3 June 2020
  • Reed, A. (1972). Imperatrix [score]. Piedmont Music: [s.l.].