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Kathryn Salfelder

Kathryn Salfelder

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: 4:30
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $77.50   |   Score Only (print) - $9.18


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-I
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion (min. 3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel I-II
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Reminiscence is one of three pieces commissioned to honor Frank L. Battisti's 85th birthday, June 27, 2016. A five-note motive -- composed by Frank himself!: F G A F Gb (here transposed down a fifth: Bb C D Bb B) -- saturates every movement of the piece. In its entirely, the motive serves as the first five notes of the principal melody. The first three pitches (Bb C D) morph into a repeated hemiola, which rises sequentially in pitch as the piece progresses. The motive's range -- Major 3rd and minor 3rd -- is emphasized by third relations in the harmony.

Reminiscence evokes nostalgia, yearning and growth. Some moments are peaceful, while others are full of angst. I encourage both players and listeners to weave their own personal memories and stories into the musical narrative.

I was fortunate to have first encountered Frank Battisti during my undergrad years at NEC [New England Conservatory]. His teaching, his passion for details and his advocacy for new, rich and challenging music at all grade levels are inspirations. I am grateful to celebrate him with my first piece for young wind band.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Wind Symphony (John Lynch, conductor) - 2 March 2023
  • California All-State Junior High School Symphonic Band (Cheryl Floyd, conductor) – 20 February 2022 (2022 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Tyler Ehrlich, conductor) - 16 December 2021 (2021 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Imran Amarshi, conductor) - 8 October 2021
  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • University of Nebraska Kearney Wind Ensemble (Duane Bierman, conductor) - 29 April 2021
  • Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Margaret Underwood, conductor) – 8 February 2020
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Will Sugg, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Va.) Ensemble (Brian A. Coffill, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • Ithaca College (NY) Summer Music Academy Intermediate Wind Ensemble (Aaron Burgess, conductor) - 3 August 2019
  • University of Louisville (KY) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 16 April 2019
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 11 November 2018 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Higgins, Joseph. "Reminiscence." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 256-262. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 462.
  • Kathryn Salfelder website Accessed 11 November 2018
  • Perusal score
  • Salfelder, K.; Battisti, F. (2019). Reminisence [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York, N.Y.

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