Seascape: A Dramatic Intermezzo

From Wind Repertory Project
Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: For Solo Baritone (Trombone) and Band

General Info

Year: 1962
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print.


Full Score
Condensed Score
Solo Baritone or Trombone
C Piccolo (doubling Flute III)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Tuba (div.)
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Seascape was written for the noted baritone and trombone soloist Hunter N. Wiley and was first performed at a concert given in connection with the annual convention of the Florida Composers' League on March 16th, 1962, with Mr. Wiley as soloist and the composer conducting the University of Tampa Symphonic Band.

Alfred Reed has termed this score a "dramatic intermezzo", and the music unites the lyric and dramatic moods through three themes, developed in a free, rhapsodic manner. The first theme is presented immediately by the full band, in D minor, shifting to a long pedal point on C, over which the clarinets present the second theme, in a downward series of triads. This leads to the first entrance of the soloist, returning to the first theme and developing it at greater length than its first statement, after which the second theme returns as an interlude, leading to the third theme, a long, lyric melody sung by the soloist and later by the full band. At the conclusion of this section, after a little "codetta" presented by the soloist, the band begins a long build-up, based on a development of the first theme, to a great climax statement of the second theme and, as this dies away, the soloist returns with a fantasia-like section built on the first and, subsequently, the third themes. Following this lyric development, the first theme returns, together with a fragment of the second, to close the work, continually fading away as it reaches the D minor tonality with which the music opened and the total cycle is completed.

The score attempts a welding together of solo instrument and band into a continuous musical texture, with both parts of equal importance, so that there is no pure "accompaniment" as such. The thematic material passes almost constantly back and forth between the soloist and the band, and the individual colors of the modern, balanced concert band are exploited to their fullest against the predominating tone of the baritone (or trombone) soloist.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Reed, A. (1962). Seascape: A Dramatic intermezzo for Solo Baritone (Trombone) and Band [score]. Piedmont Music Co. : New York.