Miniature Set for Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Donald White

Donald White

General Info

Year: 1957 / 1964
Duration: c. 10:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Prelude – 1:45
2. Monologue – 2:25
3. Interlude – 1:45
4. Dialogue – 2:45
5. Postlude – 1:40


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 Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Miniature Set for Band was composed late in 1957 and premiered by the Depaul University concert band in March 1958. During the 10th annual CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) conference in December of that year, it was voted the most outstanding contribution to band literature in 1958. The work was the first in a series of 14 miniature sets composed by White over the next 20 years.

The set, eventually published in 1964, consists of five brief movements, each exploring a singular short musical idea. Two slow movements, which include contemplative passages for solo flute and dialogue for solo horn and cornet, are enclosed by miniatures which feature rhythmic movement, exchange of sonorities among different sections, and occasional bi-chordal harmonies. Interestingly enough, the composer utilizes the full band sound for only a total of 16 measures.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 19 February 2019


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 20 September 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 19 February 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Donald H. White." Accessed 25 August 2022.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 635-636.
  • White, D. (1964). Miniature Set: For Band [score]. Shawnee Press: Delaware Water Gap, Penn.
  • White, Donald H. "Miniature Set for Band in Retrospect." Journal of Band Research vol. 13, no. 2, Spring 1978, pp. 41–55. Reprinted in The American Bandmasters Association Journal of Band Research: A Repertoire Anthology (1964–1989), general editor Terry Austin. GIA Publications, 2013, pp. 127–138.