Divertimento (Waespi)

From Wind Repertory Project
Oliver Waespi

Oliver Waespi

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bariato Music, through Music Shop Europe
Cost: Score and Parts - €350.46   |   Score Only - €46.72

Movements (played without pause)

1. Prelude - 3:57
2. Meditation - 3:59
3. Procession - 2:52
4. Hoedown - 4:10


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • Cajon
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-hat
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This grand work contains four contrasting movements. The first movement, Prelude, takes the form of an overture: it raises the curtains and marks the beginning of the piece. The brilliant motifs of the opening are contrasted by a calmer and more lyrical central section, after which the triumphant opening returns for the movement’s end. The second movement, Meditation, explores the intimate sounds of the oboe, as well as those of the flute and French horn, backed by a rich orchestral accompaniment. The third movement presents a more upbeat Procession, but not a Procession of the Nobles, as written by Rimsky-Korsakov. Quite the opposite, Procession resembles a “second line” procession from New Orleans, whose up-beat rhythms invite everyone to dance in the streets rather than the measured pacing of a march. Divertimento ends with a Hoedown, the tradition American folk dance idiom, when the band has the opportunity for both vivacity and virtuosity and may play as fast as it can. It is important to play all four movements with precision, clarity and, most importantly, enthusiasm.

- Program Note from publisher

The piece was commissioned by the Swiss Wind Band Federation for the Eidgenoessisches Musikfest 2011 with the support by the SUISA Foundation for Music.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

Required work for the First Division Concours for the Royal Dutch Federation of Music Organization (KNFM) for Harmonie (wind ensemble) 2013.


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