Rhapsody (Hidas)

From Wind Repertory Project
Frigyes Hidas

Frigyes Hidas

Subtitle: For Bass Trombone and Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1983
Duration: c. 10:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Editio Musica Budapest
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $24.95  |   Score Only (print) - $19.95


Full Score
Solo Bass Trombone
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Rattle
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (3)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hidas was not close to the Hungarian folksong school, but wrote in a “post-Kodaly style” such as the use of jazz-influenced rhythms. The Rhapsody is dedicated to Donald Knaub, former professor of trombone at the University of Texas, Austin.

Hidas wrote the following notes about the piece. The composition is in one movement. It is in a free sonata form A-B-C-D-B-Cadenza-A where C and D fulfill the role of development. After a brief introduction, there comes the main subject A marked by striking rhythms and many imitations between soloist and ensemble. Following a transition by the accompaniment, there appears a cantabile second subject B that affords the soloist an opportunity to demonstrate his skill in unfolding a melody. An allegro forte section by the ensemble cuts short unexpectedly the lyrical atmosphere and prepares, both thematically and rhythmically, section C in 3/4 (allegretto) with its dance-like character. It is followed by more solemn musical material D (sostenuto) with fanfare-like musical texture interspersed in the solo part. A recapitulation by the bass trombone, based on the material of section D, leads back to section B which, after a considerable crescendo, ends up in the virtuosic cadenza of the solo instrument. After a varied recapitulation of the main subject A, a brief Coda ends the Rhapsody.

- Program Note from liner notes for Mark Masters Drake University CD, Collage


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hidas, F. (1983). Rapszódia basszusharsonára és fúvószenekarra = Rhapsody for bass trombone and wind band [score]. Ed. Musica: Budapest.