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Viva Musica!

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1983
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Flute I-II (optional)
Oboes I-II (optional)
English Horn
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
Horns in F I-II-III (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
C Trombone I-II-III
B-flat Baritone (treble clef)
C Baritone (bass clef
C Tuba
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In parts:

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.82: 1st note should be E, not A
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone, m.84: Add diminuend sign for 1st and 2nd notes, Add crescendo to quintuplets
  • Cornet I-II, m.71: Add diminuendo
  • Tuba, m.71: Add diminuendo
  • String Bass, m.15, 16: Add the diminuendo to the 15th bar and mf to the 16th bar
  • Percussion III, m.9: Remove Perc III Bells tremolo.

In score:

  • Flute, m.33: Add slurs from the 3rd note to the 1st note of the next measure
  • Baritone, m.70: Change staccato to tenuto
  • Cornet I-II, m.137: Change p to f
  • Percussion I, m.153-154: Remove f in bar 153 of BD, add mp to bar 154

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by VanderCook College of Music, the first such commission ever extended by this institution, and is, in their words, "dedicated to all who strive for excellence in the noble field of music education."

The first performance took place in Chicago, at the annual Midwest National Band and Orchestra Clinic, on December 16th, 1983, with VanderCook College Symphonic Concert Band under the direction of the composer.

The music is in the form of a single allegro movement which is developed through a variety of textures and harmonic treatments.


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Come, Sweet Death (Flex instrumentation) (as transcriber; arr. Benson) (1736/1976/2019)
  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1984). Viva Musica!: A Concert Overture for Winds [score]. Edward B. Marks Music: [U.S.].