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Vesuvius (adaptable)

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

Subtitle: For Flex Band or Flex Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2020
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $120.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii in A.D. 79, is an icon of power and energy in this work. Originally I had in mind a wild and passionate dance such as might have been performed at an ancient Roman bacchanalia. During the compositional process, I began to envision something more explosive and fiery. With its driving rhythms, exotic modes, and quotations from the Dies Irae from the medieval Requiem Mass, it became evident that the bacchanalia I was writing could represent a dance from the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii.

- Program Note by Frank Ticheli

Performance Notes

Although no Piccolo part is included in this flex score, the Piccolo part from the original version may be used to good effect, and is provided with this flex set.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) - 11 May 2021
  • Shenandoah University (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Keith Taylor, director) - 29 April 2021
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) - 11 March 2021
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) - 5 March 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Brass Quintet - 18 December 2020
  • University of Texas Arlington Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 6 December 2020
  • High Point (N.C.) University Wind Ensemble (Brian Meixner, conductor) - 18 November 2020
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Ceon Rumphs, conductor) - 22 October 2020

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