Golden Year, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


In parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet, m.32: Should be D, not C
  • Percussion II-III, m.38: Add courtesy accidental to the double stop F

Program Notes

This original composition by master composer Alfred Reed is written at a much easier grade level than most of his pieces. It contains all of Dr. Reed’s musical magic while being a little more accessible by younger concert bands.

The Golden Year was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Yokohama Kounan Junior High School Band for its Golden Anniversary, 1997.

Program Note from publisher

The Golden Year was commissioned by the Yokohama Kounan Junior High School Band in Japan in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the school and band that has been a part of the institution since its beginning. The piece debuted in 1997, under the direction of the composer, as part of the commemorative anniversary program.

The piece opens with a majestic theme in the brass to signify the ceremony itself. The second theme, a long lyrical line set over a highly charged rhythmic accompaniment, depicts the bustle and excitement of a celebration. A solo horn plays a more lyrical rendition of the opening theme, and the final section brings the whole piece together in conclusion of the celebratory 50 years of the Yokohama Kounan band.

- Program Note from Texas A&M Concert Band concert program, 18 November 2018


State Ratings

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