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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: Year of Years!

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (I and II div. a2)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (div. a2)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In parts:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II, m.1: Add a quarter rest to the first beat
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.79: 2nd note should be C-sharp, not C
  • Horn in F III-IV, m.85: Add 4/4 time signature
  • Tuba, m.3: div note should be B-flat, not C
  • Timpani, m.19: Add a quarter rest to the fourth beat

In Score:

  • Horn in F I-II, m.67: Add tie from the 2nd note to the 1st note of the next bar
  • Timpani, m.140, beat 1: Quarter note should be an eighth note

Program Notes

Jidai (Year of Years!) was commissioned by the City of Sagamihara, Japan, for the 10th anniversary celebration of the opening of its Green Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the country and home to the Sagamihara Youth Wind Symphony Orchestra. The premiere by the Sagamihara Youth Wind Symphony Orchestra took place in Green Hall on February 6, 2000, under the direction of the composer. The sub-title, Year of Years!, refers to the opening year of the third millennium, an event that has occurred three times since the advent of the Christian era. This has been celebrated as the year 2000 by some and by others as 2001. Regardless of which year it may be, it is a time for looking to both the past and the future, a time for summing up the joys and sorrows we have already experienced, and the joyous heralding of a new beginning.

The powerful introduction, with its fanfare opening followed by a broad and stately march-like theme, attempts to portray the feelings incurred by this procession of past events. The succeeding brightly paced section that speaks to the optimism and hopes for the future incorporates elements of the fanfare as if to symbolize the eternal joining of past and future times. This is succeeded by a tender, somewhat nostalgic treatment of a portion of the sprightly theme, tinged with sweet memories and developed into an expressive contrasting section that fades gently away. The opening fanfare returns with even greater strength than before, but is soon swept aside by the sprightly theme. This sprightly theme, now stated in all the myriad colors of the modern wind orchestra and with all possible exuberance, leads the piece to a brilliant and highly optimistic conclusion.

- Program Note from score

Jidai is the Japanese word for a time, a period, or an era.


State Ratings

  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI


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  • Reed, A. (2001). Jidai (Year of Years!) [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.