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W. Francis McBeth

W. Francis McBeth

This work bears the designation Opus 61.

General Info

Year: 1977
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $8.75


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks

Players clapping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Canto was commissioned by and dedicated to the All-Japan Band Association on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. It was commissioned for the national contest as a required work for the Japanese junior high school bands.

The composition is loosely based on the melody Sakura, which is well known to all Japanese children. The hand-clapping part by different sections is vital to the rhythmic movement of the piece and also much fun for the participants.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class C
  • Arkansas: I
  • California: C
  • Georgia: II
  • Iowa: II
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: I
  • Michigan: Senior High D
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • North Carolina: III
  • South Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: III. Complete
  • Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • McBeth, W. (1978). Canto: For Symphonic Band [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 415