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Bolero (Smith)

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Walter M. Smith

Walter M. Smith

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Subtitle: A Trio for Cornets

General Info

Year: 1935
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trumpet trio and piano
Publisher: Fillmore
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Smith wrote for the instrument he knew best, composing several pieces for solo trumpet and trumpet trio. His Bolero, a trio for cornets, takes its inspiration from the Spanish dance in 3/4 time of the same name. The piece is episodic in nature and features a variety of characterful dances. The outer sections of the work highlight the distinctive triplet rhythm of the bolero, while the middle section begins with faster, virtuosic material, followed by a contrasting, lyrical melody.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 10 July 2019

To my sons Walter Smith, Jr., and G. Stewart Smith.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) - 11 July 2019

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