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First Suite for Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed


General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 15:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - 7.50


Movements

1. March - 2:49
2. Melody - 5:20
3. Rag - 5:25
4. Gallop - 2:35


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

First Suite was commissioned by R. Lee Holmes and the Edmonton (Canada) Public School Symphonic Band, which premiered the work, the composer conducting, at the Canadian Music Educators Association convention in that city on April 3, 1975.

The four-movement suite begins with March, a tense dissonant-tinged section that features a hard-driving treatment of a dramatic marching theme that keeps its momentum to the very end. Melody unfolds a long, lyrical line that subsequently develops to a broad climax and then diminishes to a quiet coda. Rag is a light scherzo, set in ragtime rhythms and motifs. Gallop, the finale, is an authentically styled American circus galop which, according to the composer, moves "as fast as possible but no faster."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: III
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Kansas: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: IV


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 14 November 2019
  • World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP) (Schladming, Austria) (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 13 July 2019
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Symphonic Band (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) – 4 April 2019
  • Saitama (Japan) Sakae High School Wind Orchestra (Akira Oku, conductor) - 14 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Colburn, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.) University Band (Richard Fischer, conductor) - 28 September 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 17 April 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (June Bearden, conductor) – 26 March 2018
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Nathan Conrad, conductor) – 8 May 2016
  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (David Frateschi, conductor) - 3 November 2014
  • Banda Sinfónica de Guasca (Colombia) - 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Reed, A. (1975). First Suite for Band [score]. Edward B. Marks: [s.l.]
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 492.