Fantasy on a Theme by Samuel Barber

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Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber (arr. Richard Saucedo)

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Subtitle: From the School for Scandal Overture

General Info

Year: 1931 / 2005
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on Samuel Barber's Overture to the School for Scandal, wind band craftsman Richard Saucedo takes the distinctive and haunting lyrical theme and weaves it into a varied and rewarding concert setting.

- Program Note from publisher

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5, is a concert overture by Samuel Barber. It is Barber's first work for full orchestra, composed in 1931 while he was completing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The premiere was given on August 30, 1933, by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Alexander Smallens.

The title refers to the comedy The School for Scandal written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan and the overture was intended by Barber to reflect the spirit of the play. The overture helped to establish Barber's national reputation and became a more regular part of the repertoire of American orchestras in the 1950s. It won the Joseph H. Bearns Prize of Columbia University in 1933.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: III. Complete


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