Toccata (Frescobaldi)

From Wind Repertory Project
Gaspar Cassadó

Gaspar Cassadó (trans. Earl Slocum)

General Info

Year: 1925 / 1942
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Cello and Piano
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00; (digital) - $12.00


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
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-III
String Bass
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work first appeared as Girolamo Frescobaldi’s Toccata in a collection of six pieces for cello and piano by Gaspar Cassadó. Hans Kinsler, the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the time, recognized the potential of the Toccata and had it transcribed for orchestra. It was published by Mills Music in 1942 with the note “Freely transcribed for orchestra by Hans Kindler.” It was later transcribed for band by Earl Slocum for his University of North Carolina band in 1956. In a letter dated 3 April 1989, Slocum admitted “I have known for years that Frescobaldi was not the composer. I kept this to myself, only telling a few friends. I give Dr. William Newman, my colleague at UNC, credit for uncovering the real fact.” For many years, countless conductors, musicologists, and arrangers had doubted the authenticity of the Frescobaldi Toccata. In December 1968, the Duke University band opened a concert with Toccata; the program notes attributing the score to Cassadó. After many years of research, Robert Halseth concluded that “despite the apparent opportunism on the part of Cassadó, Toccata remains an appealing and interesting work.”

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato

Cassadó wrote a number of works “in the style of” various composers. However, somewhere along the Toccata’s dubious route, Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) became the ad hoc composer of the work. It’s compositionally “romantic” allusions finally gave it away. Only in recent years has the toccata been rightfully attributed to Cassadó.

- Program Note from Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 April 2018


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State Ratings

Florida: IV


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  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Symphony Band (Karl Meyers, conductor) - 16 March 2023
  • College of Marin (Kentfield, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Trevor Björklund, conductor) - 19 December 2021
  • University of Richmond (Va.) Wind Ensemble (Steven Barton, conductor) - 22 November 2021
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Concert Band Chamber Ensemble (Scott A. Jones, conductor) - 12 October 2020
  • University of Nevada Reno Concert Winds (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Whippany, N.J.) (Matthew Paterno, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Stephen Lytle, conductor) – 5 March 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Symphonic Band (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 16 April 2018
  • Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland High School Honor Band (Fresno, Calif.) (David Becker, conductor) -18 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Encore Winds (Traverse City, Mich.) (Timothy Topolewski, conductor) - 15 March 2018
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 16 December 2017
  • Wheaton North High School Symphonic Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 2 November 2017
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) – 26 October 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Jason McChristian, conductor) - 13 August 2017
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 12 May 2017
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) - 27 April 2017
  • High School Concert Band (Interlochen, Mich.) (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 27 July 2001

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