Overture to “The School for Scandal”

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber (trans. Frank Hudson)

General Info

Year: 1931 / 1971
Duration: c. 8:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc., through Wise Music Classical
Cost: Rental


Full Score
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

(This transcription is) Dedicated to the Ohio State University Concert Band and its conductor, Dr. Donald E. McGinnis.

- Program Note from score

Although this concert overture has no connection to any music for the stage, it was inspired by the comic spirit of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's classic play of the same title. The work (opus 5) was composed in 1931 as a graduation "thesis" at the Curtis Institute of Music. It was transcribed by Frank Hudson while he was a freshman at Ohio State University and was dedicated to the OSU Band and its conductor, Donald E. McGinnis.

The brilliance and impeccable craftsmanship of this sonata-form overture have earned it a permanent place in the international repertoire. Following a short, scintillating introduction, the lengthy and rhythmically quirky first theme is presented and elaborated. A lyrical pastoral theme for oboe provides contrast, after which the development relates almost exclusively to the first theme and its variants. The recapitulation is regular, leading to a virtuosic coda based partly on a fugal treatment of the principal variant of the first theme. The final reference to the opening material closes the work.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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