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Masque (Hesketh)

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Kenneth Hesketh

Kenneth Hesketh

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – £49.00   |   Score Only (print) - £7.99


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Block
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Masque has had a varied history, certainly a varied spelling (masque, maske, even maskeling). However, the historian E.K. Chambers in his book The Medieval Stage defines the word in the following way: "A form of revel in which mummers or masked folk come, with torches blazing, into the festive hall uninvited and call upon the company to dance and dice."

The above description, I think, can also serve as a description to the piece. The main theme is certainly bravura and is often present, disguised, in the background. The form of the piece is a simple scherzo-trio-scherzo. Colourful scoring (upper wind solos, trumpet and horn solos alternating with full-bodied tuttis) with a dash of wildness is the character of this piece -- I hope it may tease both players and listener to let their hair down a little!

- Program Note by composer



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Lion Brown, conductor) - 22 March 2022
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Robert Schwartz, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott Tobias, conductor) - 30 March 2021
  • Kent State University (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Wendy K. Matthews, conductor) – 15 March 2020
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Kerry Taylor, conductor) - 6 March 2020 (86th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Andy Collinsworth, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Timothy Reynish, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Marc Sosnowchik, conductor) – 24 February 2019
  • Collinsville (Il.) High School Wind Ensemble (Robert Wright, conductor) - 14 February 2019
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) – 27 November 2018
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor)- 8 October 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 19 September 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 30 April 2018
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith, conductor) – 18 March 2018
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 5 March 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 28 February 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) - 20 November 2017
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 17 November 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 6 November 2017
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 2 May 2017
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Symphonic Band (Brian Youngblood, conductor) – 24 April 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hesketh, K. (2001). Masque: For Symphonic Wind Band [score]. Faber: London.