Incidental Suite

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

General Info

Year: 1966
Duration: c. 10:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


1. Tarantella - 2:30
2. Nocturne - 4:50
3. Rondo - 3:10


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Wood Block


In Parts

  • Clarinet II, Rondo movement, 4th measure after Letter D: F natural.

Program Notes

Incidental Suite is written in three movements. The Tarantella provides a fast 6/8 dance characterized by the constant use of hemiola -- a syncopated rhythm of three notes in two counts. In contrast, the Nocturne croons a slow, lazy melody accompanied by lush and sometimes dissonant harmonies. The Rondo opens in a rather martial style with the percussion section stating rhythmically what becomes the main theme of this finale. Throughout the movement, short interludes of dialogue between the percussion section and other sections occur. For example, in the last few bars, as the piece seems to have come to an end, the percussion section breaks back in with the final word.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


*Audio: Reference Recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Ohio: High School Class A
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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  • Juniata College (Huntingdon, Penn.) Wind Symphony (James Latten, conductor) - 19 November 2023
  • Twin Valley High School (Elverson, Penn.) Band (Robert W. Bennett, Jr., conductor) - 17 March 2023
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) - 5 December 2022
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro) Band (Pat Stuckemeyer, conductor) – 17 November 2022
  • Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 9 October 2022
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Joe D. Moore, conductor) - 11 March 2021
  • Messiah University (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) - 26 February 2021
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Boomer Campus Band (Brian Britt, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) – 22 February 2020
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony II (Christopher Ramey, conductor) – 22 September 2019
  • Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau) Concert Band (Martin Reynolds, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • New Horizons Band (Iowa City, Iowa) (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 6 and 9 December 2018
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsburg, Va.) (Ronny Tong, conductor) - 12 April 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 22 February 2018

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  • Smith, C. (1966). Incidental Suite: For Band [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 547.