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Festivo (Gregson)

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Edward Gregson

Edward Gregson

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: V See Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Novello and Company Limited
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contralto Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in B-flat) I-II-III-IV (cup mutes for all, harmon mutes for 3&4)
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III (cup mutes for I&II)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (crashed and suspended)
  • Tam-tam
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Festivo for Symphonic Wind Band was commissioned in 1985 for the 10th Anniversary of the Bolton Youth Concert Band with funds provided by the Trustee Savings Bank. It received its first performance from the Bolton Youth Concert Band, conducted by Nigel Taylor, at the Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (WASBE) in Kortrijk, Belgium, in July 1985.

As the title suggests, it is a festive piece, exuberant in style and cast in rondo form. An introduction announces, in fragmented form, some of the melodic and rhythmic ideas. The main theme, which is light-hearted and exuberant, is then announced on clarinets but is immediately tossed around the band. The first episode is lyrical in mood with a variation of earlier material passed from one wind soloist to another, whilst the second episode starts quietly but gradually adds layer upon layer of repeated ostinato, rather in the manner of ‘minimalist’ technique, until the whole band eventually joins in (with important parts for melodic percussion here).

The final statement of the rondo tune is heralded by bell-like chords on the brass with tubular bells adding colour. This leads to a short but triumphant coda (with melodic percussion again prominent). Throughout there is much emphasis on changing time patterns and asymmetric rhythms with the scoring utilising solo and chamber-like textures.

Festivo has become a standard repertoire piece in many countries and is one of the composer’s most popular and most frequently performed works.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Minnesota - Category I


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  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • Salt Lake Symphonic Winds (Salt Lake City, Utah) (Thomas P. Rohrer, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 18 November 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor)– 19 September 2019
  • Young Artists Wind Ensemble (Boston, Mass.) (David Martins, conductor) – 14 July 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) - 9 March 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Janet Kim, conductor) – 6 February 2019
  • Boston University (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Jennifer Bill, conductor) – 19 October 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Lauren Yacht, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 17 June 2018
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 14 April 2018
  • Houghton (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Timothy McGarvey, conductor) – 17 February 2018
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Symphonic Band (Jay Silveira, conductor) – 13 March 2017
  • University of Iowa Concert Band (Nolan Hauta, guest conductor) - 6 March 2017
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Wind Ensemble (John Thomson, conductor) – 10 November 2016
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jonathan Poquette, conductor) – 8 November 2016
  • University of South Florida Symphonic Band (Christine Lundahl, conductor) - 6 November 2016
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Timothy M. Smith, conductor) – 30 October 2016

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