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Purgatorio

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Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith


This work is the second movement of the composer's Symphony No. 1, The Divine Comedy.


General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $87.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone/Alto Saxophone I
E-flat Alto Saxophone 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
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Large Beaded Gourd
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Taiko Drum (2) (Opt. Low Tom)
  • Xylophone


Errata

In Parts:

  • Mallet Percussion, Taiko Drum, m. 155-178: There should be a repeated 4 bar phrase that is not printed in the part (1st bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 2nd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 3rd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: 2 eighth notes; 4th bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note). Each 4 bar phrase fits into these measures: m. 155-158, m. 159-162, m. 163-166, m. 167-170, m. 171-174, m. 175-178. IMPORTANT - Unlike the other 4 bar phrases m. 175-178 is a bit different, the first three bars are the same as the other 4 bar phrases but m. 178 should be the same as m. 177 (beat 1 - quarter note, beat 2 - 2 eighth notes, beat 3 - 2 eighth notes). The phrasing that is printed is still the same, but make the sure the hairpin decrescendo starts on beat 2 of m. 159.
  • Timpani, m. 155-178: There should be a repeated 4 bar phrase that is not printed in the part (1st bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 2nd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 3rd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: 2 eighth notes; 4th bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note). Each 4 bar phrase fits into these measures: m. 155-158, m. 159-162, m. 163-166, m. 167-170, m. 171-174, m.175-178. Unlike the other parts, m. 178 should be - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note. The phrasing that is printed is still the same, but make the sure the hairpin decrescendo starts on beat 2 of m. 159.
  • Percussion I, Taiko Drum, m. 155-178: There should be a repeated 4 bar phrase that is not printed in the part (1st bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 2nd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 3rd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: 2 eighth notes; 4th bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note). Each 4 bar phrase fits into these measures: m. 155-158, m. 159-162, m. 163-166, m. 167-170, m. 171-174, m. 175-178. IMPORTANT - Unlike the other 4 bar phrases m. 175-178 is a bit different, the first three bars are the same as the other 4 bar phrases but m. 178 should be the same as m. 177 (beat 1 - quarter note, beat 2 - 2 eighth notes, beat 3 - 2 eighth notes). The phrasing that is printed is still the same, but make the sure the hairpin decrescendo starts on beat 2 of m. 159.
  • Percussion II, Bass Drum, m. 155-178: There should be a repeated 4 bar phrase that is not printed in the part (1st bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 2nd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note; 3rd bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: 2 eighth notes; 4th bar - beat 1: quarter note, beat 2: 2 eighth notes, beat 3: quarter note). Each 4 bar phrase fits into these measures: m. 155-158, m. 159-162, m. 163-166, m. 167-170, m. 171-174, m. 175-178. IMPORTANT - Unlike the other 4 bar phrases m. 175-178 is a bit different, the first three bars are the same as the other 4 bar phrases but m. 178 should be the same as m. 177 (beat 1 - quarter note, beat 2 - 2 eighth notes, beat 3 - 2 eighth notes). The phrasing that is printed is still the same, but make the sure the hairpin decrescendo starts on beat 2 of m. 159.


In Score and Parts:

  • Flute I, m. 16: Should be tutti here
  • Flute II, m. 16: Should be tutti here
  • Alto Saxophone I, m. 59: Should be Alto Saxophone playing until Soprano is said to play again
  • Alto Saxophone II, m. 59: Should be Alto Saxophone playing until Soprano is said to play again
  • Percussion I, m. 182: All three notes of the "Gloria!" should be C's
  • Percussion II, m. 182: All three notes of the "Gloria!" should be C's
  • Percussion III, m. 182: All three notes of the "Gloria!" should be C's


Program Notes

This is the second movement of The Divine Comedy, Robert Smith's first symphony for band. Includes chanting, singing, moaning and other sound effects creating a contemplation of Purgatory.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by the James Madison University Band, Harrisonburg, VA, Dr J. Patrick Rooney, Director of Bands.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Kansas: V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: IV


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Works for Winds by this Composer

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References

  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 549.
  • Smith, R. (1997). Purgatorio: From The Divine Comedy [score]. Belwin Mills: Miami, Fla.