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Ode to Lord Buckley

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David Amram

David Amram

General Info

Year: 1980
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CF Peters
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Solo Alto Saxophone
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion (6)

(percussion breakdown needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ode to Lord Buckley had its orchestral premiere on March 17, 1981 by soloist Kenneth Radnofsky with the Portland Symphony. The Lord Buckley of the title was a legendary "comedian, philosopher, and poet" who performed from the 1920s through the 1950s. Some of the music for this piece came from Amram’s Harold and Maude, a Broadway musical. It is cast in three movements: Overture, Ballad, and Taxim. The Overture starts with a sixteenth note melody in the ensemble and is performed by the alto saxophone when it enters in m. 88. This is followed by a slower section with some fragments from the sixteenth note melody in the accompaniment. A swing section starts in m. 199 and leads into a cadenza in m. 223. The sixteenth note melody comes back at m. 278 which closes out the movement. Ballad is simple and chorale-like for the first two thirds of the movement and then opens into a more energetic swing section. The movement closes with material from the beginning of the movement. Taxim is a Turkish word for improvised music which comes before the recitation of an epic ballad. In this movement the saxophone is based around the concert pitch G by using ornaments such as grace notes and sixteenth note triplets. Near the end of the movement a Sephardic hymn is used , "Ayn Adir", which is associated with the birth of a child. The work is dedicated to Amram's daughter Adira, born the day before the premiere of the work.

Program Note by Jason S. Ladd


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Howey. B. (1994). David Amram and his alto saxophone concerto, Ode to Lord Buckley. The Saxophone Symposium, 19 (1), p. 5-10.
  • CF Peters Website