Concerto for Wind Ensemble (Husa)

From Wind Repertory Project
Karel Husa

Karel Husa

General Info

Year: 1982
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score Only: $20.00


1. Drum Ceremony and Fanfare - 5:20
2. Elegy - 9:00
3. Perpetual Motion - 9:30


Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV-V-VI (Flutes V and VI doubling Piccolo I-II)
Oboe I-II-III (III doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (doubling String Bass )
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VII-VIII
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Timpani (5)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (antique and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-tam, high, medium and large)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Block
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Concerto for Wind Ensemble was commissioned by the Michigan State University Alumni Band and dedicated to the Michigan State University Bands, Stanley DeRusha, director. The first performance was given on December 3, 1982, by the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, guest-conducted by Karel Husa in the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan State University.

This three-movement work won the first biennial Louis Sudler International Wind Band Composition Competition in 1983. It received its presentation performance by the United States Marine Band (Col. John R Bourgeois, conductor), with the composer conducting on April 15, 1984, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

- Program Note by composer


  • Louis Sudler International Wind Band Composition Competition, winner, 1983


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Marcellus Brown, conductor) – 26 September 2023
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Stephen Peterson, conductor) - 3 October 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 22 March 2018
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) – 1 November 2017
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Terrence Milligan, conductor) – 21 September 2017 –
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor) – 24 February 2016
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 13 November 2015
  • Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - November 2009
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Karel Husa, conductor) - 3 December 1982 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Concerto for Wind Ensemble (Husa). Wikipedia. Accessed 22 July 2023
  • McLaurin, Donald. (1985, Winter) “Karel Husa’s contribution to the wind band.” CBDNA Journal 2(1), 24-36.
  • Molineux, Allen. (1985, Fall). "The elements of unity and their applications on various levels of the first movement of Karel Husa’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble.” Journal of Band Research 21(1), 43-49
  • Neidig, Kenneth L., edt. (2007). Performance Study Guides of Essential Works for Band. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications.