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Joy (Adaptable Band)

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

Subtitle: For Adaptable Band

General Info

Year: 2005 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00


Full Score
C Treble Clef

  • Flute
  • Oboe

B-flat Treble Clef

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Treble Clef

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone

F Treble Clef

  • Horn in F

C Bass Clef

  • Bassoon
  • Low Brass

Percussion, including:

  • Timpani
  • Mallets
  • Percussion I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Above all, Joy is an expression of its namesake: simple, unabashed joy. A boisterous, uninhibited quality is implied in the music, not only at climactic moments, but also by the frequent presence of sudden and dramatic stylistic contrasts.

The main melody and overall mood of the work (and its companion piece, Joy Revisited) were inspired by a signal event: the birth of our first child. The intense feelings that most any father would feel on such a day were, in my case, accompanied by a simple little tune which grabbed hold of me in the hours preceding her birth, and refused to let go throughout the day and many days thereafter. Indeed, until I jotted it down in my sketchbook, it did not release its grip.

Seven years and two children later, I stumbled upon that old sketch and discovered (or rediscovered) that it would serve perfectly as the foundation for a joy-filled concert band overture.

- Program Note by composer


Reference recording (2005 edition). University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (Frank Ticheli, conductor)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Scarsdale (N.Y.) High School Symphonic Band (Jason Noble, conductor) - 7 December 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band C (Travis Higa, conductor) - 19 April 2021

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