Fantasia for Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Vittorio Giannini

Vittorio Giannini

General Info

Year: 1963
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Belwin Mills
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $9.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (doubling String Bass t)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet (doubling Cornet)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (doubing Contrabassoon)
Percussion I-II-III (4-5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle


In Score:

  • Oboe II, m. 208: The E-natural should be a D.
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet, m. 95: The downbeat should be marked "f."
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m. 21: The entire measure should be slurred.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m. 53: The two middle 8th notes should be connected with a slur.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, m. 53: The two middle 8th notes should be connected with a slur.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, m. 21: The entire measure should be slurred.
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet, m. 207: The final note should be an F-sharp, not an F-natural.
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet, m. 209: The F-natural should be an F-sharp.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, m. 44: The "D" should be marked "pp."

In Parts:

  • Oboes, m. 208-209: Missing a divisi part, add a D5 to the already printed F on beat 1, 3, and beat 1 of the tie in m. 209 (check score if confused, although the first note on the score should be a D instead of an E)

In Score and Parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, m. 165: first three notes should be a B-flat, not a B-natural (to match up with tenor sax)

Program Notes

Beginning with a strikingly dissonant first chord, Fantasia for Band immediately draws you into its dramatic neo-romantic style. A vacillating feel, evidenced by a tension/release style, permeates the piece as a desire for clarity and peace emerges. The disconcerting and nightmarish opening chord reappears in different timbres just as the psyche’s subconscious materializes in sudden, unplanned instances. The trumpet motif, or idée fixe, embodies the subconscious and determines the path of this piece by traveling through various moving melodic lines. The continuity of the idée fixe against the changing musical episodes demonstrates the elusiveness and mystery of the psyche. This fantasia, or dreamscape, creates a shifting environment where structure is missing and the future is unknown. The piece ends with great dissonance, leaving the matter unresolved. With the band on a Freudian couch, the psychological analysis begins!

- Program Note by Megan Freight for the University of Georgia Hodgson University Band concert program, 15 February 2017


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason S. Nam, conductor) – 8 November 2022
  • Western University (London, Ont., Can.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Cabot, conductor) - 22 October 2022
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) - 15 February 2022
  • Grand Street Campus Wind Ensemble (New York) (Jeff W. Ball, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • San Dieguito Union High School District (San Diego, Calif.) High School Honor Band (Jeffery Malecki, conductor) – 13 January 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Daniel J. Farris, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson University Band (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) – 15 February 2017
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 2 March 2016
  • Pace High School Wind Ensemble (Florida) (Anthony Denaro, conductor) - 6 March 2015
  • University of Georgia Concert Winds (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 16 February 2009

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