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Siciliana Notturno

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1977 / 1996
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.B. Marks, through Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $6.95


Full Score
Solo Alto Saxophone
Flute 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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (synthesizer)
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone


In parts:

  • Flute II, m.43: Should be A-flat, not A

Program Notes

This music was originally conceived as the second movement of a five-movement suite for four-part Cello Orchestra with Double Bass, titled Suite Concertante. Some years later, this suite was re-worked for full String Orchestra under the same title, and both versions were subsequently published. A setting for solo Alto Saxophone with Piano accompaniment, made at the suggestion of the American saxophone soloist, Fred Hemke, and edited by him, was the next published version of this music. An unpublished arrangement by the composer for solo Viola and Piano for the American violist, Pamela McConnell, became still another version in 1993. The present adaption for solo Alto Saxophone and Band was made for the Japanese saxophone virtuoso, Toshihisa Ogushi.

The music for all five versions has remained almost exactly the same, the only exception being a change of key for the viola version. This dreamy, gently undulating siciliana, with its haunting melodies has become one of the composer's most frequently performed works.

- Program Note from core


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  • Reed, A. (1996). Siciliana Notturno: for E♭ Alto Saxophone Solo and Concert Band [score]. Milwaukee, Wisc.