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Frigyes Hidas

Frigyes Hidas

Subtitle: Symphony for Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stormworks Europe
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €250.00   |   Score Only (print) - €50.00


1. The Waves of the Sea – 8:35
2. Song of the Sea – 5:30
3. Threatening Sea – 4:10
4. Game of the Corals – 4:10
5. Hymn of the Sea – 2:50


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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 Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For me, this is a beautifully crafted piece that is in the style of the French impressionist composers, beautifully orchestrated and wonderfully tonal and tuneful. The second movement is a really gorgeous alto sax feature, really simple but really beautiful. The last movement is a chorale-type hymn needing perfect grading in terms of build and dynamics. This piece deserves to be standard repertoire for all good bands, even if it can be labeled a little old fashioned. It is crafted really well for all of the instruments in the band.

This work was commissioned by the Dutch Navy Band for a performance at the world exhibition in Portugal in 1998.

- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)

This piece was composed in 1997 for the 1998 International Conference for Saving the Seas of the World in Portugal. This time the composer has written authentic program music. The titles of the individual movements serve as signals for the musical material, leaving the audience to its own free associations.

The first movement, Waves of the Sea, demonstrates the constant motions of the sea and the gentle nature of the immense power it conceals. The second movement, Song of the Sea, is the tranquil, joyful song of the sea. The third movement is Threatening Sea. As the title suggests, the mood of this movement reminds one of the rough sea and stormy weather.

Game of the Corals is the title of the fourth movement. It recalls the atmosphere of the underwater life on the coral islands, depicting the colourful splendour of the tiny fish that inhabit the coral reefs. The final movement, with its anthem-like mood, expresses the calmness of the majestic sea.

- Program Note from liner notes for CD Prortrait of Frigyes Hidas, Royal Military Band of the Netherlands


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