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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed


Subtitle: A Concert Overture for Winds


General Info

Year: 1981
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo (doubles Flute III)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

According to Alfred Reed, When the hounds of spring are in winter's traces, a magical picture of young love in springtime, forms the basis for the present purely musical setting, in traditional three-part overture form, of this lovely paean... an attempt to capture the twin elements of the poem, exuberant youthful gaiety and the sweetness of tender love, in an appropriate musical texture.

The Hounds of Spring was commissioned by, and dedicated to, the John L. Forster Secondary School Concert Band of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and its director, Gerald A. N. Brown. The world premiere was in Windsor on May 8, 1980, conducted by the composer.

- Program notes from Wikipedia and the composer


This exciting, rhythmic overture for band is in the fast-slow-fast format of the early 18th-century Italian opera overtures. The composer's purpose was to capture the twin elements (exuberant, youthful gaiety and the sweetness of tender love) found in the following excerpt from Atlanta in Calydon, written in 1865 by the English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909).

When the hounds of spring are on winter's traces,
The mother of months in meadow or plain
Fills the shadows and windy places
With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain; Where shall we find her, how shall we sing to her,
Fold our hands round her knees and cling?
O that man's heart were as fire and could spring to her,
Fire, or the strength of the streams that spring!
And soft as lips that laugh and hide
The laughing leaves of the trees divide,
And screen from seeing and leave in sight
The god pursuing, the maiden hin.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • California: V Class A
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: AA
  • Minnesota: Category 1
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • New York: 2005 CONCERT BAND LEVEL 5
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 9 March 2020
  • Kansas City (Prairie Village) Wind Symphony (Pat Setser, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Concert Band (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Cook, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • State University of New York Oswego Wind Ensemble (Trevor Jorgensen, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) Community Concert Band (Terry Redford, conductor) - 15 October 2019
  • Santa Fe Wind Ensemble (Gainesville, Fla.) (David Smith, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 15 September 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) – 12 June 2019
  • Diablo Wind Symphony (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) (John Maltester, conductor) – 8 June 2018 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds Honor Band (Kathy Johnson, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) – 1 May 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Concert Band (Austin Hinkle, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Keith Taylor, conductor) - 25 April 2019
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 5 April 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 31 March 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Come, Sweet Death (Flex instrumentation) (as transcriber; arr. Benson) (1736/1976/2019)
  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Belser, Robert. "The Hounds of Spring." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 567-573. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • The Hounds of Spring, Wikipedia.
  • Reed, A. (1981). The Hounds of Spring: A Concert Overture for Winds [score]. Edward B. Marks Music: Hal Leonard Pub. [distributor]: Winona, Minn.