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Winter Ricercar

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Kevin Walczyk

Kevin Walczyk

Subtitle: For Chamber Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: Keveli Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (doubles Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet
Horn in F
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Winter Ricercar is an instrumental chamber work based on the traditional English carol Upon the Snow-clad Earth. The carol was originally set to Reverend Richard Robert Chope's lyrics by composer Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876). The melody was slightly altered by British composer Arthur Sullivan in 1876, and it is Sullivan's melody that is used in Winter Ricercar.

Named after its Baroque and Renaissance counterparts, the ricercar is an instrument composition that explores the permutations of the melody of Upon a Snow-Clad Earth. The carol is developed in similar fashion to both the homophonic treatment of the early ricercar and the highly imitative form of the later ricercar that favors variation form and is a predecessor of the fugue.

In memoriam Jeanne M. Walcyzk, 4.14.1936-7.23.2014

Commissioned by a consortium of chamber wind ensembles, co-lead [sic] by MidAmerica Nazarene University, Luke D. Johnson, Director of Bands, and the University of Kansas, Paul W. Popiel, Director of Bands.

- Program Note from score

Winter Ricercar utilizes instrumentation -- including saxophones, percussion and brass -- that is more commonly associated with the contemporary wind band genre when compared to the personnel required of historic chamber wind works (e.g., Richard Strauss's Serenade, opus 7). Furthermore, this work was commissioned to address the need for quality chamber works that are more conducive to the performance requirements common to small music programs.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) - 8 December 2020
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) - 4 November 2020

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