Invocation and Toccata

From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes

General Info

Year: 1982
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute (div. a3)
Oboe (div.)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (all div.)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (div.)
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 Trumpet I-II-III-IV (all div.)
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II (both div.)
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Antique Cymbal
  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Castagnet
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Maracas
  • Roto-toms
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This popular piece was commissioned and premiered (1981) by the New Mexico State University Wind Ensemble. One of four "primitive" works, Invocation and Toccata followed Vision Macabre (1978) and preceded Torch Dance (1984) and Pagan Dances (1987). This dramatic score combines repeated rhythms, massive polyharmonies and stark contrasts in color and dynamics. It also makes use of five-note thematic ideas, five-note chords, five-count bars, and five-bar phrases.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commissioned by the New Mexico State University Wind Ensemble, Lawrence Henry, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Oregon: VI-A
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Barnes, J. (1982). Invocation and Toccata [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 37.