Little Concert Suite, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 9:03
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


1. Intrada
2. Siciliana
3. Scherzo
4. Gigue


Full Score
Condensed 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 Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

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


In parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, mvt. 2, m.7: Add crescendo from the last 3 notes to the 1st note of the next bar
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, mvt. 1, m.19: Add mf
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet, mvt. 1, m.19: Add mf
  • All woodwinds, Horn in F, String Bass, mvt. 1, m.21: Add f
  • Cornet I, mvt. 1, m.33: Add mf

In score:

  • B-flat Trumpet I, mvt. 4, m.61: Add slur up to the next bar
  • Tuba, mvt. 3, m.65: Add f
  • String Bass, mvt. 2, m.25: Add p

Program Notes

This piece was commissioned for the Northern Manitoba Concert Band Festival, and first performed by the Festival Band under the direction of the composer, on November 26th 1983, at the concluding concert of this annual meeting.

The suite is one of the oldest instrumental forms, stemming from the practice of bringing together several independent and contrasting smaller pieces for listening pleasure purely as music.

The music of A Little Concert Suite is in four movements, corresponding roughly to the usual division of this classic format, each with its own generally descriptive title. The opening Intrada is a stately introduction, depicting a regal procession such as at a court festival, with the assembly of honored guests. The Siciliana is a contrasting movement, with trumpets and trombones silent. It sings a hushed serenade in quiet, almost melancholy tones, in the characteristic 6/8 rhythm of this Italian dance form.

The Scherzo has a light, bubbling texture with distinctly modern touches in its melodic an rhythmic figures. Again, it is in striking contrast to what has come immediately before, but with the same general instrumentation as in the second movement ... though with muted brass added. The concluding Gigue is an adaptation of a much used French and English dance form as adapted for court use in the 17th and 18th centuries, and which subsequently found its way into the purely instrumental suites of composers such as Bach and Handel.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: I
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: III
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: IV
  • MusicFest Canada: B400


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Honors Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 19 January 2020
  • Three Oaks Senior High School (Summerside, PEI) Grade 11-12 Wind Ensemble (Krista Bryson, conductor) - 7 May 2017
  • University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds (Allan McMurray, conductor) – 14 October 2016
  • Selma (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Kevin Tinkle, conductor) – 11 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Banda Juvenil Escola de Música d' Ulldecona (Spain) - 2014
  • Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucantán "Luis Fernando Luna Guarneros" (Oscar Osorio, conductor) – 21 November 2019

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