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Herman Bellstedt

Herman Bellstedt (arr. Frank Simon)

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General Info

Year: 1934 / 1962
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Solo Cornet
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo/Flute
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (2 players), including:

  • Bass Drun
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

After giving his first cornet performance on May 10, 1873, at the Atlantic Garden at age 15, Hermann Bellstedt quickly began performing across the country in various bands and was nicknamed the "Boy Wonder." From 1904 to 1906, he performed with the John Philip Sousa Band, sharing solos with Herbert L Clarke and Walter B. Rogers. Bellstedt, then eventually served as Professor of Wind Instruments at the Cincinnati Conservatory.

Napoli is perhaps the most famous solo by Sousa arranger and cornet virtuoso Hermann Bellstedt. Conceived as a theme and variations on a wildly popular 19th century song, this edition by Bellstedt’s student and Sousa band successor Frank Simon remains the one most performed today.

- Program Note from Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 October 2018

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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