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James Curnow

James Curnow

Subtitle: Fantasia on Ein Feste Burg

General Info

Year:1988 / 2013
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (I. div.)
Oboe I-II (I. div.; I doubling English Horn)
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rejouissance was commissioned by the St. Joseph (Mchigan) Municipal Band in honor of John E.N. Howard, the band's conductor from 1947 to 1987. In selecting a French word for the title "Rejoicing," and Italian-Spanish word for the form "fantasy" and a set of variations on Martin Luther's German hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Curnow reminds us of the universality of music.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • North Carolina: V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Byron Graves, conductor) - 19 March 2021
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Daniel J. Farris, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Honor Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, Conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.) Band (Byron Graves, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Concordia University (Seward, Neb.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Schultz, conductor) – 17 October 2017
  • Perry High School (Massillon, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Smith, conductor) – 16 November 2015
  • Oxford (England) Reunion Wind Orchestra (Ian Rutt, conductor) - 27 October 2012
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 7 December 2007

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Curnow, J.; Luther, M. (1988). Rejouissance: Fantasia on Ein Feste Berg [score]. Jenson: New Berlin, Wisc.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 152.