In Memoriam: Karel Husa

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 16:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Gongs (3: high, medium and low)
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It was in August 1973, at the Ithaca College School of Music Graduate Reception that I was introduced to Karel Husa. We sat down and had a conversation that lasted for over an hour. Karel was a very special person. To study composition with Karel was a privilege.

Throughout the years that have passed, the letters, the phone calls, and then the emails, Karel still had the warmth and caring of that very first conversation.

After I heard of the passing of Karel, I knew I wanted to do something. I read the heartwarming message that Mark Scatterday and Donald Hunsberger wrote concerning the passing of this great man. This pushed me in the right direction.

Here are my thoughts, in my music, concerning Karel. The words of Mark and Don motivated me in a way that the music just seemed to happen. They both understood. We who were extremely fortunate to study and maintain a wonderful friendship with this remarkable man are truly blessed.

- Program Note by composer

In Memoriam: Karel Husa was written in 2017, after Husa’s passing in December 2016. The premiere performance took place on May 6, 2018, by the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Mark Scatterday. The work is dedicated to the latter as well as to Donald Hunsberger. It has a duration of 15 minutes and calls for a standard wind ensemble instrumentation.

- Program Note from WASBE


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) – 6 May 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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