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Overture for Woodwinds

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Anglo Music, distributed through De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $129.00   |   Score Only (print) - $32.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (optional)
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work was commissioned for The Berkshire Young Musicians Trust (England), who required a testing piece for the woodwind section of their concert band. The piece opens with a strong unison passage based on the interval of a fifth and develops with a passionate legato. This is followed by the main vivo section of the work based on the earlier 'fifth' figures. A bridge passage leads to a short chorale figure and a rhythmic climax, which dissolves into a plaintive solo for oboe over staccato clarinets. Following a recapitulation of the main theme the oboe returns triumphantly before the opening unison passage reappears to provide a stirring coda.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Stuttgart (Germany) Symphonic Youth Wind Orchestra (Alexander Beer, conductor) – 20 July 2021
  • Southeast Polk High School (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Jacquelyn Meunier, conductor) - 2 March 2021
  • University of Texas Arlington Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (Nieves Villaseñor, conductor) - 18 November 2020
  • Mercer Island (Wash.) High School Wind Ensemble (Parker Bixby, conductor) – 11 March 2018
  • DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.) Band (Craig Paré, conductor) – 1 October 2017
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 10 March 2017
  • Holzbläser Ensemble der TMK St.Georgen (Salzburg, Austria) – 2010

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Sparke, P. (2000). Overture for Woodwinds [score]. Anglo Music: Wembley, England.