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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (trans. Albert Oliver Davis; ed. Frederick Fennell)

This work bears the alternate title All Soul's Day: Op. 10, no. 8.

General Info

Year: 1885 / 1955 / 1987
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Soprano and piano
Publisher: Ludwig Music Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


In Parts and Score:

  • B-flat Trumpet I, m.50: Beat 3, the correct note is F, not G as printed.

Program Notes

Richard Strauss was one of Germany's greatest composers. A great master of orchestration, he created tone poems in which the orchestra became one marvelous instrument, capable of expressing the whole gamut of human emotions. Among them Till Eulenspiegel, Death and Transfiguration, Don Quixote and The Hero's Life, beside his fabulous operas such as Der Rosenkavalier, Salome and others, are masterpieces.

His art songs also achieved fame and success, among which Allerseelen became a great favorite. Several times it has been transcribed for orchestra; however, the present setting is the first for symphonic band. The melody surges throughout, much in the style of Wagner. This edition adds another classic tone-poem to the band repertoire.

- Program Note from score

Richard Strauss enjoyed early success as a conductor and composer, and was influenced by the work of Wagner. Strauss developed the tone poem to an unrivalled level of expressiveness and achieved great success with his operas. While he did serve as musical director in the courts of Munich, Weimar and Berlin, Strauss’s relationship with the government in Germany was ambiguous, a fact that protected him but led to post-war difficulties and self-imposed exile in Switzerland.

Allerseelen was written by Strauss as part of a collection of eight lieder in 1885 when he was just 21 years old. Allerseelen, which is translated as “All Souls’ Day” in English, was initially performed by soprano voice and piano. Allerseelen exhibits powerful emotions and intense romanticism. The melody and rich accompaniment make it one of the most well known lieder of Strauss. Allerseelen is set to text by Hermann von Gilm zu Rosenegg (1812-1864).

Place on the table the fragrant mignonettes,
Bring the last red asters inside,
and let us speak again of love,
As once in May.

Give me your hand, so that I may secretly press it;
And if someone sees, it’s all the same to me.
Just give me one of your sweet glances,
As once in May.

Every grave blooms and is fragrant tonight,
One day in the year are the dead free,
Come to my heart, so that I may have you again,
As once in May.

- Program Note from Broken Arrow High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 16 December 2015


State Ratings

  • Minnesota: II
  • North Carolina: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsburg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) - 22 March 2023
  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Robert Schwartz, conductor) - 7 March 2023
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Reilly Fox, conductor) - 2 March 2023
  • Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Jamal Duncan, conductor) - 23 February 2023
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 26 October 2022
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 13 May 2022
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) – 1 April 2021
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 12 November 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Cook, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 12 November 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Robert Kickey, conductor) – 6 December 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • Central Davidson (N.C.) High School Wind Ensemble (Rodney Workman, conductor) – 4 October 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Achim Reus, conductor) – 19 September 2018
  • Portland (Ore.) Wind Symphony (Chris Chapman, conductor) – 14 May 2018
  • Grand View University (Des Moines, IA) Wind Ensemble (Mark A. Doerffel, conductor) – 26 February 2017
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 22 November 2016
  • Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 16 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Iowa Symphony Band (Joe Cernuto, conductor) – 19 November 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 409-415.
  • Strauss, R.; Davis, A. (1987). Allerseelen = All Soul's Day: Op. 10, no. 8 [score]. Ludwig Music: Cleveland, Ohio.