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Festivo (Nelhybel)

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Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel

General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only: $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


  • First Clarinet, m. 69: Eighth note on beat one should be F#. (correct in score)
  • Clarinet 2, m. 5: the eighth note on the "and" of beat four should be B and not C (correct in score)
  • Triangle:Current edition does not contain the triangle part.
  • Clarinet 2 and 3: There is no crescendo in measure 21.
  • Bass clarinet: missing the slur in measure 36.
  • Bassoon, m. 120: The third note is a "D". (correct in score)
  • Tenor drum: There are one too many measures between 172 and the ending.

Program Notes

Nelhybel states, "Festivo is an overture-type composition in which the woodwinds and the brasses are constantly confronting each other like two antagonists in a dramatic scene." The resulting percussive concept of wind performance, which is prevalent in twentieth-century music, provides a striking impact for the performer and listener.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Minnesota: III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Southern California (SCSBOA): III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Campus Band (Alyssa Comeau, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Group II (Concert Winds - Darren Allen, conductor) - 24 November 2019 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Rachel Martin, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 20 April 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson University Band (Brian Chaplow, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • Washington State University (Pullman) Symphonic Band (Troy Bennefield, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Sierra College (Rocklin, Calif.) Wind Ensemble - 23 September 2018
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Adam Jones, conductor) – 27 March 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) University Band (James Batcheller, conductor) – 27 April 2017
  • Ohio University (Athens) University Band (Christopher Hayes, conductor) – 11 April 2017
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 2 October 2016
  • California Band Directors Association All-State Junior High School Concert Band (Emily Moss, conductor) - 14 February 2016 (2016 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Wheaton North High School Concert Band (Jon Noworyta, conductor) - 12 May 2015
  • Reedley (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Daniel Paulsen, conductor) - 21 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
  • Oroville (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Jim Christensen, conductor) - 8 June 2013
  • Ely (Minn.) Senior High Band (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 26 October 2012
  • Austin Peay State University Symphonic Band (John Schnettler, conductor) - 10 December 2010

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Nelhybel, V. (1996). Festivo [score]. Belwin: Miami, Fla.