From Wind Repertory Project
Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione (arr. Bill Holcombe)

General Info

Year: 1975 / 1980
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Jazz Band
Publisher: Gates Music Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set (optional)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bellavia (Bel'-la-'ve'-a) [Mother's maiden name] Literal trans.: beautiful way. A very fitting description of the spirit and feeling that pour from her. My mother has always been an inexhaustible natural resource of warmth, love and giving, and (like the fantastic meals she prepares) there's always plenty available for whoever wishes to partake -- with an extra helping reserved for her children and grandchildren. She grooves behind seeing others having a good time. Sensitive, lovely, wise, gentle, patient, religious come to mind when I think of her.

Bellavia is a song I found in me that feels like my mother. It's my Mother's Day gift to her. In fact, all the music in this album is seasoned with a spirit much like the festive feelings that have touched everyone who has known my parents. Since I find it impossible (although they wouldn't) to have you travel to their home for Mom's spaghetti sauce and Dad's home-made Italian sausage, I offer instead this music as a way of introducing them to you. Perhaps, as you listen, your own carousel or gondola will take you on a ride that stops at their doorstep. It's the nicest place I know.

- Program Note by composer


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Chuck Mangione website Accessed 31 May 2023
  • Mangione, C.; Holcombe, B. (1980). Bellavia [score]. Warner Bros.: New York, N.Y.