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Funeral March (Barber)

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber (realized by Peter Stanley Martin)

General Info

Year: 1943
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Cost: Unknown


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

  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum

Program Note

This short funeral march for band was composed during Barber’s service in the United States Army Air Corps (now the United States Air Force). It was also during that time that he composed his Second Symphony as well as Commando March, which for 75 years has stood as Barber’s only original contribution to the wind band medium.

Unique to Barber’s compositional output, the Funeral March exists only as an annotated short score manuscript. This authoritative realization of Barber’s second and final work for wind band will undoubtedly become a staple of the repertoire suited for concert performances as well as memorial and tribute services for our fallen heroes. A spectre-like fantasy on the Air Corps song is brilliantly crafted by the composer and includes a powerful statement of Taps by a solo trumpet “from the distance.”

- Program Note from Publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew J. Yozviak, conductor) – 1 March 2020 – *Premiere Performance*

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