Divertimento for Band (Hearshen)

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Ira Hearshen

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General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 14:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


1. Ragtime – 2:35
2. Blues – 2:15
3. Mambo Loco – 2:50
4. Susan's Song – 3:25
5. March of the Little People – 2:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cast in five movements, Hearshen's divertimento is the quintessential reflection of the multicultural American experience, melding popular and traditional musical styles indigenous to the United States, Europe and Cuba.

- Program Note from publisher

Hearshen's Divertimento was written using American composer Vincent Persichetti's Divertimento for Band, Op. 42, as a model. Hearshen employs traditional American compositional and harmonic devices in this five-movement work, but he did so with a twist: modern be-bop harmony pervades the Ragtime and Blues movements. The third movement, Mambo Loco, is based on a rhythmic structure designed to make the concert band swing in the manner of Leonard Bernstein. Susan's Song is named for and dedicated to Hearshen's wife, and the final movement, Children's Dance, exploits the universally recognized (minor third) interval used by children all over the world -- the "naa-naa" interval.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

To Colonel Lowell Graham and the USAF Heritage of America Band.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hearshen, I. (2000). Divertimento for Band [score]. Ludwig: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 628-635.