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Merry Music

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Frigyes Hidas

Frigyes Hidas

General Info

Year: 1983
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Editio Music Budapest
Cost: Score and Parts - $64.95   |   Score Only - $14.95


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-toms (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hidas composed Merry Music for wind band in 1980; it was published in 1983. This pleasant A-B-A work was premiered at the first WASBE conference in Manchester, England, in July 1981. Hidas justifies the title by incorporating bouncy Hungarian dance and folk-song rhythms with the late romanticism of Tchaikovsky. With his careful scoring technique, including sparse use of percussion, the composer is able to create a feeling of lightness even when played by a large symphonic band. A second unique feature is the use of the conical-bore brass instruments as a mellow-sounding bridge between woodwinds and the brighter-sounding cylindrical brass instruments.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hidas, F.; Ungarn, K. (1983). Merry Music: For Wind Band [score]. Editio Musica: Budapest.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 286.