Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble (Husa)
1. Maestoso - 3:10
2. Moderato molto - 4:10
3. Allegro ma non troppo - 8:20
Contrabassoon (optional, doubles String Bass part)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional, doubles Bass Saxophone)
Alto Saxophone I-II
Bass Saxophone (optional, doubles Contrabass Clarinet)
Cornet or Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
String Bass (doubles Contrabassoon part)
Percussion (5 players), including:
- Antique Cymbals (Crotales, pitched C, E, B)
- Cymbals (crash, sizzle, and 3 suspended: small, medium, large)
- Gong (Tam-Tam, 3: small, medium, large)
- Snare Drum
- Tenor Drum
- Tom-Toms (3: small, medium, large)
- Triangle (large)
- Tubular Bells
The following errors are in the SCORE:
- Introductory page...the instrument listing should read "Marimba," not "Xylorimba")
- P.1, m.4, the last 16th note of the first beat should be tied over to the eighth note of the second beat.
- P.62, m. 201, Marimba and Xylophone rhythms should be 4 sixteenths, a sixteenth rest, two sixteenths, and a sixteenth rest.
- P.84, m.301, Vibraphone should stop the motor in this measure but let the sound vibrate, then travel to the Gong.
- P.92, m. 346-347, repeat signs are needed in the Bb Clarinets.
The following errors are in the PARTS:
- Timpani, Mvmt III, ms. 163, part should have 6 measures rest, not 7.
Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble was premiered on February 7, 1972 by the Baylor University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Gene Smith, conductor, and Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, Instructor of Percussion, Baylor University. Regarding writing for percussion, Husa stated in an article in Woodwind World-Brass and Percussion from 1975:
I am not writing for percussion in any special way but in the same manner I would write for any group (woodwinds, brass, or strings). Of course, I keep in mind the characteristics of every percussion instrument as I would when I write for flute or violin. Often, I like to bring out the virtuoso quality of each instrument so that the resulting sound is not just a “bang” here and there … the writing for percussion then can be for instance soloistic or quartet-like construction (compared to a string quartet). Other considerations include color combinations, rhythmic pulse, incredible dynamic possibilities as well as practical availabilities such as interval and chord extensions on keyboard instruments when two mallets are used in each hand.
- Program Note from University of Texas Wind Symphony concert program, 18 November 2015
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 18 November 2015
- Austin (Texas) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) - 9 November 2014
- The Appalachian Wind Ensemble with The New Paradigm Percussion Quintet (Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, John Stanley Ross, conductor) - 21 April 2010
- Eastman Wind Ensemble (Rochester, N.Y.) (Donald Hunsberger, conductor) - 8 February 2002 *Eastman Wind Ensemble 50th Anniversary Concert*
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Al Fresco (1973)
- Apotheosis of this Earth (1970)
- Cheetah (2007)
- Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble (1984)
- Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band (1967)
- Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble (1970)
- Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra
- Concerto for Wind Ensemble (1982)
- Divertimento for Brass and Percussion (1957)
- Divertimento for Symphonic Winds and Percussion (arr. John Boyd) (1995)
- Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (1981)
- Les Couleurs Fauves (1996)
- Music for Prague 1968 (1968)
- Smetana Fanfare (1984)
- Desarno, Ruth Ethel. (1985). “Preparation and performance of Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble by Karel Husa.” M.A. thesis. Long Beach: California State University.
- Duff, John Andrew. (1982). “Three works of Karel Husa: an analytical study of form, style, and content.” Ph.D. dissertation. East Lansing: Michigan State University. pp. 75-111. Abstract: Dissertation Abstracts International 43(12) (June 1983): p. 3748-A. University Microfilms International no. 83-08929.
- Fullmer, David. (2003). "John Harbison." In: A Composer's Insight, Volume 1. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications. pp. 71–95.
- Husa, K. (1970-71). Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York.
- McLaurin, Donald. (1985, Winter) “Karel Husa’s contribution to the wind band.” CBDNA Journal 2(1), 24-36.