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Overture for Winds (Carter)

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Charles Carter

Charles Carter


General Info

Year: 1959
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bourne
Cost: Score and Parts - $69.60   |   Score Only - $15.25


Instrumentation

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 Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
F Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Overture for Winds was given its title by the publishers. This three-part overture has remained Carter’s most popular composition for band. The opening section has a theme which is robust and rhythmic in character. The second theme, slightly slower and expressive, is a free form based on the original idea. The last section is a repetition of the opening thematic ideas, building to a final climax.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


During his residency at Florida State University, Charles Carter composed Overture for Winds in the year 1959. This piece provides great challenges to both the performer and the audience members. The performers must execute tempo, dynamic and articulation changes without “giving away” abrupt shifts to the audience. For the audience, the piece can seem like a roller coaster ride of changes, shifting between fast and slow, yet seamlessly regaining strength and driving toward a brilliant close. This work is underplayed in wind band/ensemble programs, which is quite a shame given the strength and focus required to accomplish such a feat. Mr. Carter created a masterpiece of academic and entertainment value.

- Program Note from Illinois State University University Band concert program, 5 October 2017


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Massachusetts: III
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Minnesota: III
  • Mississippi: I-A, II-A, III-A
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class B Std Rep


Performances

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  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Jacqueline Dawson, conductor) – 17 November 2020
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Michael Hudson, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • Andrews University (Berrien Spring, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Byron Graves, conductor) - 24 October 2020
  • Orange High School (Pepper Pike, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Brandon DuVall, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Concert Band (Adam Freidrich, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Lance Sample, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • The College of New Jersey (Ewing) Concert Band (Eric Laprade, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Symphonic Band (Trisha Balsco, conductor) - 25 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Ashlyn Carnes, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Independent School Concert Band (Kansas) – 28 March 2019
  • Golden Valley High School (Santa Clarita, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Johnathan Grant, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • California All-State Junior High School Concert Band (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) - 17 February 2019 (2019 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Brent Levine, conductor) – 9 October 2018
  • Ohio University (Athens) University Band (Joshua Boyer, conductor) – 6 November 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • Three Oaks Senior High School (Summerside, PEI) Grade 11-12 Wind Ensemble (Jessica MacFarlane, conductor) - 4 May 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Camber Flickx, conductor) – 2 May 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Carter, Charles (1959). Overture for Winds [score]. Bourne Co.: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 350-358.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 110.