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Finale from "Death and Transfiguration"

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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (arr. Harding)

General Info

Year: 1888 / 1950
Duration: c. 7:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Neil Kjos Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung), Op. 24, is a tone poem for large orchestra by Richard Strauss. Strauss began composition in the late summer of 1888 and completed the work on 18 November 1889. The work is dedicated to the composer's friend Friedrich Rosch.

The music depicts the death of an artist. At Strauss's request, this was described in a poem by the composer's friend Alexander Ritter as an interpretation of eath and Transfiguration, after it was composed. As the man lies dying, thoughts of his life pass through his head: his childhood innocence, the struggles of his manhood, the attainment of his worldly goals; and at the end, he receives the longed-for transfiguration "from the infinite reaches of heaven".

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Arkansas: VI
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: IV
  • Minnesota: I
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 17 November 2018
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K.Fettig, conductor) – 17 October 2016 (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Los Angeles Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) - 26 October 2014
  • Royal Windband St.Martinus (Opgrimbie/Maasmechelen,Belgium) (Steven Walker, conductor) - October 2007

Works for Winds by This Composer