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Sinfonia IV

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Walter Hartley

Walter Hartley

General Info

Year: 1967 / 1991
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


1. Allegro deciso - 2:25
2. Adagio - 2:35
3. Vivace - 2:05
4. Allegro molto - 1:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A classic wind ensemble work in the core repertoire of all serious wind groups, this work has been recorded by many of the finest college and university bands and wind ensembles. It remains one of the important original wind works of the century.

- Program Note from publisher

Of Walter Hartley’s fifteen numbered sinfonias, eleven of them are for combinations of wind and percussion instruments. Sinfonia No. 4 was commissioned by the students of the Ithaca High School Concert Band as part of their unique tradition of annually commissioning new works by American composers. It was first performed under the direction of Frank Battisti at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium on May 11, 1966.

The Sinfonia, in four movements, is written in condensed classical forms of the rondo type, contrasting in tempo; each movement is designed in its own way to exploit the various facets of the modern wind and percussion ensemble in line and color. There is much antiphonal writing in between the choirs, many solo passages for a wide variety of instruments, and a general reliance upon pure colors with little doubling (except for voices at the octave). The style is tonal (with free dissonance frequently producing bitonal effects) with a constant opposition of chordal and contrapuntal textures. The last two movements are lighter in mood than the first two, especially the finale, which is almost, but not quite, a march.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (George R. Boulden, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Ensemble (Ronnie Wooten, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) – 13 April 2017
  • McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Orchestra (Alain Cazes, conductor) – 30 September 2016
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (William L. Lake, Jr., conductor) – 19 April 2016
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony - 2 October 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Hartley, W. (1967). Sinfonia, no. 4 : For Symphonic Wind Ensemble [score]. MCA Music: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 926-931.