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W. Francis McBeth

William Francis McBeth

This work bears the designation Opus 44.

General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $140.00   |   Score Only - $8.75


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano 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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Francis McBeth’s Masque was commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas (State College of Arkansas, at the time) for the opening of their new fine arts auditorium in 1968. The first performance, by the college’s concert band, was conducted by Homer Brown.

The title refers to a type of courtly entertainment much favored in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, involving acting, singing, ballet, acrobatics, and elaborate costumes and sets. The McBeth work aims to capture the spirit of those diversions without any specific reference.

- Program notes by David Goza

Masque is in a rounded three-part form, with the middle section differentiated from the flanking sections by its slower tempo and the absence of the persistent rhythmic motives of the earlier section. McBeth crafts the entire work from a small three-note motive first heard in the open measures of the work.

- Program notes by California State Long Beach concert program, 29 November 2012

Masque is in a contemporary idiom familiar to followers of concert band music -- not unusually experimental but nevertheless making use of twentieth-century devices. For example, Masque uses a variety of percussion instruments, has nontraditional harmonies, and makes use of short motifs for melodic interest. Two themes serve as the basic material for the entire piece; one is rhythmic, being heard only in the fast sections, and the other is a melodic three-note motif, which is developed during the entire course of the work.

- Program notes from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band concert program, 3 October 2016


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: A
  • Minnesota: Category 2
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • New York: V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: V


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