Year: 1971 / 1974
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print
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Flute I-II-III-IV (III-IV doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II-III-IV (IV doubling English Horn)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV-V
Piano (doubling Celesta)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Temple Blocks
- Tenor Drum
- Wood Block
None discovered thus far.
Scenes is dedicated to Donald Hunsberger and the 20th anniversary of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. It The work can be divided into three sections. The first section has a Maestoso introduction followed by an Allegro which culminates in aleatoric passages for the whole ensemble. The second section is quite slow with long sustains in the muted brasses. The conclusion of this section is an English horn solo. The final section is marked Presto and moves between 9/8 and 3/4 meters. The work utilizes 12 tone rows for its melodic material.
- Program Note from publisher
Scenes is a difficult, complex, highly dissonant, and rhythmically involved serial composition which begins with heavy emphasis on the tone C-sharp. The title refers only to the expressive changes observed during the “travel” through the five sections. Scenes opens with a dramatic and intense Maestoso, having many subdivided intricacies and a combination of contrapuntal and parallel-motion textures. The Allegro includes brilliant 16th-note passages, leading to an unmetered free section where each part plays its on figuration in different tempos against a 12-note ostinato appearing in a different instrumental group five times. This is followed by a slow, chorale-like section in soft cluster-chords leading to a cadenza-like English horn solo. Scenes concludes with a breathtaking virtuoso Presto, demanding enormous technical facility, particularly from the brass.
- Program Notes by Joseph Kreines and Frank B. Wickes
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 15 November 2019
- University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 6 October 2017
- University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 28 November 1995
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Concerto for Band (1980)
- Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble (1996/1998)
- Fragments and Episodes (2004)
- Last Scenes (1979)
- Le Cid (as transcriber) (1885/1985)
- Little Symphony for Winds (as transcriber) (1817-1818/2003)
- Scenes (1971/1974)
- Scenes Revisited (1977)
- Theme and Variations (1950)
- Jones, B. D. (2006). A comparative analysis of ‘Scenes’, ‘Scenes Revisited’, and ‘Last Scenes’ by Verne Reynolds. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
- Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 731-734.
- Reynolds, V. (1974). Scenes [score]. New York: G. Schirmer.