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Toccata (arr. Curry)

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Gaspar Cassadó

Gaspar Cassadó (trans. Elton R. Curry)

General Info

Year: 1925 / 1979
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Cello and piano
Publisher: Harvey Herrmann
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
String Bass


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

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cassadó, G.; Frescobaldi, G.; Curry, E. (1973). Toccata [score]. Harvey Hermann: [Champaign, Ill.].
  • Gaspar Cassadó, Wikipedia Accessed 27 April 2017