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Medieval Variations

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Bruce Yurko

Bruce Yurko

Subtitle: An Homage to Norman Dello Joio

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maestro & Fox
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contralto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Timbales (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Theme is for solo horn and percussion ensemble and segues into Variation One for the full brass and percussion ensembles. Variation Two is for the Double reed ensemble, Variation Three for flute and clarinet ensembles, Variation Four for the saxophone and percussion ensemble, and Variations Five and Six are for the full wind ensemble.

I have dedicated this composition to the memory of Norman Dello Joio. We have all performed and/or conducted this American composer's wind band music. I can remember as a student in the 1960s, performing his Variants on a Mediaeval Tune, Scenes from "The Louvre", From Every Horizon and Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn, and as a high school wind ensemble conductor, conducting these masterworks with my students. His compositions and orchestrations are truly unique and enrich our repertoire. I hope all will continue to perform his music along with the many other composers who have left the wind band repertoire with great original concert works.

Medieval Variations for Wind Ensemble was commissioned by the 2008-2009 North Jersey Area Band “Wind Ensemble” for their forty-fifth anniversary concert. I wanted to compose a work that featured all of the choirs of the wind ensemble for this special occasion.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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