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Wind Sinfonietta (Gipps)

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Ruth Gipps

Ruth Gipps

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Tickerage Press
Cost: Score and Parts - £27.00


1. Andante
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo
4. Andante doloroso - Allegro


Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
A Clarinet I-II
Horn I-II
Tam-tam (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although many of her compositions have yet to be recorded, Gipps is best-known for her large-scale symphonic works. Many contemporary critics found symphonies to be old-hat, already played out by the late 20th century, but in this old form Gipps seems most at ease and expressive. Her Sinfonietta takes on the broad scope of the symphonic form in miniature; greatly condensed instrumental forces carry on four brisk movements that breeze by in about 16 minutes. Here near the end of her career, Gipps boils down her favorite form to its essential elements, presenting balmy, sea-soaked melodies in a bold simplicity.

Movement I offers two easy-going themes buoyed by rocking flute ostinati, which float by in conversation rather than conflict, while Movement II features a dramatic aria-like lament that could stand with any noble Holst song. A rollicking, swashbuckling introduction to Movement III livens things up to clear space for a heroic clarinet melody to steal the show. Finally, after a staid moment of introspection, Movement IV unfurls into a multi-textured bouquet, bouncing and bubbling as each wind section takes a turn with the skyward-reaching melody, finishing in a dazzling dance of jubilation.

- Program Note by Tyler J. Kimball

Commercial Discography


  • Long Beach (Calif.) Chamber Winds (Tyler J. Kimball, conductor) - 6 December 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Gipps, R. (1989). Sinfonietta for Winds Op.73 [score]. Framfield: Tickerage Press.
  • Halstead, J. (2006). Ruth Gipps: Anti-Modernism, Nationalism, and Difference in English Music. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Ruth Gipps, Wikipedia Accessed 8 December 2019