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Springtime Celebration, A

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $160.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by Mr. Kikuo Atarashi and the Tenri High School Band of Nara, Japan, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the founding of this outstanding musical performing group in 1936, A Springtime Celebration (Haru no Yorokobi) represents Alfred Reed in one of his warmest and most lyrical moods, celebrating the joy of youth in that loveliest of all seasons of the year: Spring. Set in the traditional three-part overture form, the music opens with a burst of energy in the full band that soon gives way to a lilting theme in the clarinets and woodwinds, which, after being developed in mostly softer colors, rises to a climax and then seemingly dissolves into its counterpart: a long-breathed caressing phrase that is also developed mostly in woodwind colors, rises to its own climax, and then, following a transitional phrase, falls away to prepare for the second main theme. This long, flowing romantic line, first heard in the unison horns and then taken up by more and more instruments as it develops, reaches a glowing climax, and then it too fades away on a long held chord in the flutes , bringing this second section to a close. The third section begins with a return to the first main theme, gradually working up to a full restatement of the main theme, in both its parts, developed by the full winds and brasses, culminating in a final surge of brilliant sound... the very essence of youth in the full flowering of its high spirits and aspirations.

The score of A Springtime Celebration was completed in November, 1990 and the first performance of the work took place on March 20th, 1991, with the Tenri High School Band under the direction of the composer in a concert in Nara, Japan. The work is dedicated to the Tenri High School Band and its director, Mr. Kikuo Atarashi, "with great warmth and affection."

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Kansas: V
  • Maryland: IV
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


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  • Perusal score
  • Reed, A. (1991). A Springtime Celebration = Haru no Yorokobi [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.