Shakespeare Pictures

From Wind Repertory Project
Nigel Hess

Nigel Hess

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 12:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £120.00   |   Score Only (print) – £19.99


1. Much Ado About Nothing – 3:40
2. A Winter's Tale - The Statue – 4:10
3. Julius Caesar - The Entry to the Senate – 4:30


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum (3)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam (2)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shakespeare Pictures, commissioned by Birmingham Symphonic Winds, originates from incidental music composed by Nigel Hess for productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, and is now expanded and re-orchestrated to form a new three-movement suite for symphonic wind orchestra.

Much Ado About Nothing: Actually used as the entr’acte in the production itself, this concert overture uses material from the joyous dance sequences scattered throughout the well-known love story of Beatrice and Benedict, played on this occasion by Sinead Cusack and Derek Jacobi.

A Winter’s Tale – The Statue: “Music, awake her, strike!” So says Paulina as the statue of Hermione comes to life at the end of this magical play. “Descend: be stone no more; approach; strike all that look upon with marvel.” In this production Jeremy Irons played a memorable Leontes.

Julius Caesar – The Entry to the Senate: starring Peter McEnery and David Schofield, this production featured a spectacular Senate scene, complete with cathedral organ and a battalion of brass players fanfaring the imminent death of Caesar himself.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Chris Chapman, conductor) – 24 October 2018
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 17 February 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 30 November 2017
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 25 October 2016
  • Birmingham (UK) Junior Conservatoire Wind Orchestra – 27 June 2015
  • Birmingham (U.K.) Symphonic Winds (Keith Allen, conductor) - 8 November 2008 *Premiere Performance*

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