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Overture to “The School for Scandal”

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber (trans. Frank Hudson)


General Info

Year: 1931 / 1971
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Cost: Available for rental from G. Schirmer, Inc.


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III-IV
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone
Euphonium
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


Errata

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


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • State University of New York Stony Brook Wind Ensemble (Bruce Engel, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 7 February 2018
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 2 November 2017
  • City of Fairfax (Va.) Band (Robert Pouliot, conductor) – 25 March 2017
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Timothy Holton, conductor) - 6 March 2015
  • Friendswood (Texas) High School Wind Ensemble (Gregory Dick, conductor) - February 2010 (Texas Music Educators Association Convention)


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