Consort for Ten Winds

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Spittal

Robert Spittal

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 11:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


1. Jeux – 2:50
2. Aubade – 4:20
3. Sautereau – 4:00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A contemporary reflection on 16th-century French wind music, this consort starts with a lively dance movement, then continues to a heartfelt aubade and a capricious sautereau.

- Program Note from publisher

The composer writes:

Each movement of Consort acknowledges “Les Grandes Hautboise,” the court wind band of France’s great “Sun King,” Louis XIV. This court was seen throughout Europe as the most resplendent of its time, and the presence of a court wind band there encouraged other courts in Europe to imitate and establish their own wind bands. This system of patronage continued to develop through the classical era, mostly in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, resulting in notable wind ensemble pieces by composers such as Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Despite the decline of court music in the early 19th century, 19th- and 20th-century composers, most notably Dvorak, Strauss and Stravinsky, continued to pay homage to the harmonie tradition.

Consort is this composer’s attempt to pay homage to the origins of that tradition. The outer movements Jeux (games) and Sautereau (a French saltarello) are whimsical, lively dances which reflect the frivolities and excesses of the court. They also refer to the importance of dance at the French court. The court’s composer, and founder of “Les Grandes Hautboise,” Jean-Baptiste Lully, established France’s first ballet academy during his tenure. The middle movement Aubade (morning song) is more intimate, lyrical, and influenced by the imitative styles of vocal music of the period.

All musical materials in this work are original, and not based on any specific pieces of that period. Rather, this is contemporary music that acknowledges the prevailing influences of music from an earlier time.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (David Gonzalez, conductor) - 24 May 2021
  • University of Indianapolis (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jon Noworyta, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Harrah Morrison and Ceon Rumps, conductors) - 23 April 2021
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Chamber Ensemble (Jason Gardner, conductor) - 19 April 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band Chamber Players (Brian Taylor, conductor) - 26 March 2021
  • Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.) Chamber Wind Ensemble (Brian Casey, conductor) - 23 March 2021
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Derek Stoughton, conductor) - 7 December 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Shaun Evans, conductor) - 10 October 2020
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Symphonic Winds (William Drury, conductor) – 15 October 2019
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Brooks, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Paul Bryan, conductor) – 8 December 2018
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) - 23 April 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Vanessa Perala, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) – 22 November 2017
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Stuart Ivey, conductor) – 1 November 2017
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Holzman, conductor) – 26 October 2017

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