El Vaquero!

From Wind Repertory Project
William Owens

William Owens

Subtitle: The Cowboy

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 1:00
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This daring Spanish-flavored work for young bands offers a thrilling horseback ride across the open range, all using only six notes.

- Program Note from publisher

Before the modern cowboy there was the vaquero. Originating in the early 1500s, with Spanish settlement of Mexico, the ancient Iberian tradition of the vaquero (a herder of cattle) came to the New World. Today the spirit of the Spanish “buckaroo” survives in the Great Basin of the American West.

El Vaquero! is one of more than 150 commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra and small ensemble by composer William Owens. Take an exciting ride across the open ranges of Mexico with this bold Latin-flavored work. Strategically orchestrated using only six notes, El Vaquero! employs flex instrumentation.

- Program Note from The Virginia Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2017


State Ratings

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