Nulli Secundus (Curnow)

From Wind Repertory Project
James Curnow

James Curnow

The title translates from the Latin as "second to none."

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


1. March Caprice - 3:01
2. In Memoriam - For the Victims of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1918) - 5:33
3. Finale - 3:47


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Mallet Percussion I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association commissioned this work to honor Dr. Harry Begian (1921- 2010). The piece is a set of three large variations based on a tuneful Armenian folksong known as Cilicia (My Homeland). The otherwise standard instrumentation uses English horn and string bass, while the integral percussion scoring requires a minimum of seven players, including four timpani and two mallet players covering xylophone, bells, chimes, marimba and vibraphone. The first movement, March Caprice, is marked “Maestoso a marcato,” while the slower second movement, In Memoriam — For the Victims of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1918), begins in meter, marked “Moderato e espressivo.” The piece offers solo opportunities for flute, clarinet, English horn, alto saxophone, and bassoon. The quicker concluding movement, Finale, is marked “Allegro ma non troppo”. The scoring here allows for many additional solos, including piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, English horn, alto saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, and euphonium. More advanced high school and university bands will enjoy this powerful new work, which will stand as a lasting tribute to one of the best band conductors of his generation.

- Program Note by The Instrumentalist, Feb 2014, pp. 32-33.

Commissioned by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, this major work by James Curnow honors the memory and legacy of renowned conductor and educator Harry Begian. In consideration of Dr. Begian's Armenian heritage, Nulli Secundus (“second to none”) is a suite of three variations based on the Armenian folk song Cilicia (My Homeland). Movements include: I. March Caprice (concert march in fantasy variation form), II. In Memoriam (honoring victims of the 1915-18 Armenian Genocide), and III. Finale (rapid paced set of variations).

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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