From Wind Repertory Project
Paul Creston

Paul Creston

This work bears the designation Opus 31.

General Info

Year: 1942 / 1945
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Leeds Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Condensed Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Legend, composed in 1942, was Creston's second work for band. The composed dedicated Legend to Richard Franko Goldman and wrote the following note in the score:

There is no particular legend attached to this composition. It was inspired by one of the most powerful attributes of music, namely, its narrative power. It is, therefore, a purely abstract piece of music, with the modification, however, that the listener may easily create his own story.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Tennessee: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Creston, P. (1945). Legend [score]. Leeds Music: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 147.
  • Worzbyt, Jason. "Legend." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 629-634. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.