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Music for Hamlet

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: A Suite for Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 1973 / 2018
Duration: c. 16:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


1. Prologue: Elsinore and the Court of Claudius – 6:05
2. Hamlet and Ophelia – 5:20
3.. Entrance of the Players – 2:05
4. Epilogue: The Death of Hamlet – 7:15


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano 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 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 I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In parts and score:

  • Piccolo, mvt.1, m.52: 2nd note should be B-flat, not G
  • Flute II, mvt.1, m.63: 8th note should be F, not E, slur changed to tie
  • Contrabassoon, mvt.4, m.22: Add diminuendo to 3rd and 4th beats
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, mvt.2, m.49-50: Add a crescendo from the 3rd beat of the 49th bar to the 1st beat of the 50th bar
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, mvt.1, m.78: 5th note should be A, not A-flat
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, mvt.2, m.30: All notes are incorrect. Should be B - C-sharp - D - F-sharp - A
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet, mvt.3, m.67: Add forte to 2nd note
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet, mvt.1, m.78: 5th note should be A, not A-flat
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, mvt.1, m.78: 5th note should be E, not E-flat
  • B-flat Cornet I, mvt.1, m.78: 4th note should be F, not G-flat
  • Trumpet I-II, mvt.1, m.47: Add sfz to the second note
  • Horn in F, mvt.1, m.47: Add sfz to the second note
  • Trombone III, mvt.3, m.63: Add cresc.
  • Euphonium, mvt.3, m.6: End point slur on 3rd note, not 4th note
  • Tuba, mvt.3, m.63: Add cresc.

In score:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, mvt.2, m.28-29: Add tie from bar 28 to the 1st note of bar 29
  • Trombone III, mvt.1, m.88: Add fff
  • Tuba, mvt.1, m.22: Add a diminuendo to the 4th beat

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Tri-State Festival of Music, Dickinson, North Dakota, jointly supported by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment of the Arts, Washington, D.C.

- Program Note from score

Extensive additional notes found in score.


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • Tennessee: VI


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  • Perusal score
  • Reed, A. [1973]. Music for Hamlet: A Suite for Symphonic Band [score]. T. Presser: Bryn Mawr, Penn.