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Purple Carnival, The

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Harry L. Alford

Harry L Alford (ed. Frank Erickson)

General Info

Year: 1933 / 1969
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $11.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Alford wrote The Purple Carnival March for bandmaster Glenn Cliffe Barnum, conductor of the Northwestern University Band, and his good friend. It premiered in 1933, and its minor tonality and low wind features have solidified it as a staple of the march literature in the decades since.

Program Note by Carlye McGregor for Louisiana State University Symphonic Band concert program, 7 March 2022


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) - 7 March 2022
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Tobin Shucha, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Tualatin Valley Community Band (Tigard Ore.) (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 18 March 2018
  • Southern Oregon University (Ashland) Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Hutton, conductor)– 15 March 2018
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point N.Y.) – 12 January 2018
  • Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Zoltan Kalman, conductor) – 6 December 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 22 August 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 20 November 2016
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 5 June 2016
  • Cesar Chavez High School (Stockton, Calif.) Titan Symphonic Band (Dennie Turner, conductor) - 11 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Allegheny College (Pa.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michelle Rakers, conductor) - 14 June 2013
  • Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) - 3 March 2013
  • San Jose Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) - 27 January 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Alford, H.; Erickson, F. (1969, 1933). The Purple Carnival March : For Concert Band [score]. G. Schirmer: New York.