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Severn Suite, The

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Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar (trans. Alfred Reed)

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General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sam Fox
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.


1. Worcester Castle – 2:40
2. Tournament – 4:22
3. The Cathedral – 4:15
4. In the Commandery – 6:07
5. Coda – 2:11


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Program Notes

This fine work, originally written for brass band, has been splendidly transcribed. In five movements: Worcester Castle, a broad noble prelude with two contrasting themes (marked and epic; gentle and lyric); Tournament, fast lithe and brilliant. A short transition in slower tempo leads into The Cathedral, a slow, solemn rich-textured fugue; In the Commandery, a gentle, amiable minuet with a faster lilting trio; and Coda, opening with a slow introduction leading to a varied restatement of the opening movement, brought to a nobly dignified yet stirring conclusion.

- Program Note from Music for Concert Band

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State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Virginia: V


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  • Elgar, E.; Reed, A. (1973). The Severn Suite [score]. K. Prowse: London.
  • Krienes, J.; Hansbrough, R. (2014). Music for Concert Band: A Selective Annotated Guide to Band Literature. Meredith Music Publications: Delray Beach, Fla.; pp. 66.