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Ricercare (Stamp)

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Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2003
Duration: C. 6:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A ricercare originally referred to a composition of an introductory nature. It later meant a "free" composition resembling a fugue. This work is a series of imitative episodes based on the opening English horn motive and features syncopation and meter changes.

- Program Note from publisher

Ricercare displays several of Stamp's characteristic compositional techniques and in many ways is microcosm of his oeuvre. The piece displays the composer's harmonic vocabulary, rhythmic energy, and thematic efficiency. In this case, Ricercare has historical significance.

- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band

In memory of Robert Linn.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • Jack Stamp website
  • Stamp, J. (2003). Ricercare [score]. Kjos: San Diego, Calif.
  • Stowman, William. "Ricercare." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 541-548. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.