Spitfire Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00  |   Score Only (print) - $8.75


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


  • Timpani, 9 m. after reh. 11: Tuning instruction should read "tune B-flat to C"
  • Percussion II, reh. 15: Instruction should read "2. To Tenor Drum."

Program Notes

Spitfire Overture is written in ternary form, which includes an introduction and coda. The piece begins with a trumpet fanfare that transitions directly into an “A” section, in which the main theme is energetic and lively. Contrastingly, the “B” section features a chorale-like hymn tune that is lyrical and expressive. After the return of the “A” section, the coda is unique because Barnes combines elements of the spirited “A” section with the majestic hymn tune of the “B” section to create a dramatic ending.

- Program Note from University of Georgia Hodgson University Band concert program, 26 February 2018


State Ratings

  • Virginia: IV


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