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Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble (Husa)

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Karel Husa

Karel Husa

General Info

Year: 1971
Duration: c. 16:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, Inc. / Hal Leonard Music Publishing
Cost: Score & Parts - $100.00


1. Maestoso - 3:10
2. Moderato molto - 4:10
3. Allegro ma non troppo - 8:20


Full Score
Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional, doubles String Bass part)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional, doubles Bass Saxophone)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Bass Saxophone (optional, doubles Contrabass Clarinet)
Cornet or B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass (doubles Contrabassoon part)
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Antique Cymbals (Crotales, pitched C, E, B)
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (crash, sizzle, and 3 suspended: small, medium, large)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam, 3: small, medium, large)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Timpani
  • Tom-Toms (3: small, medium, large)
  • Triangle (large)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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.

Program Notes

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

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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


  • 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.