Sonata Allegro

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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams (transcribed by the composer)

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General Info

Year: 1949 / 2012
Duration: c. 9:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Maestro & Fox Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sonata Allegro was originally written for orchestra in 1949 as Williams' master's thesis at the Eastman School of Music. He transcribed the piece for band an later used much of the material dor A Southwestern Overture for orchestra. The wind transcription remained unpublished until 2012.

The form sonata allegro was popularized in the Classical period. It consisted of three main sections: exposition, development and recapitulation. Williams' Sonata Allegro can be dividied into two large sections, an exposition followed by a recapitulation with a coda. Within each larger section are three thematic areas. Rather than including a development section, each theme statement is followed by a development of that theme.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Hamilton, Craig V. "Sonata Allegro." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 643-650. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Perusal score