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Vincent Persichetti

Vincent Persichetti

This work bears the designation Opus 59.

General Info

Year: 1954
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Elkan Vogel, Inc / Theodore Presser Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Pageant was commissioned by the American Bandmaster's Association and was completed in January 1953. It is Persichetti's third work for band. It opens in slow tempo with a motive in the horn that is used throughout both sections of the piece. The slow chordal section is succeeded by a lively "parade" section introduced by the snare drum. In the final portion of the work the two principal subjects are developed simultaneously to a lively climax.

The first performance of this work took place on 7 March 1953, at the ABA Convention in Miami, Florida. It was performed by the University of Miami Band, with the composer conducting.

- Program Note by Vincent Persichetti

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: V --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
  • Texas: IV


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  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.V.) Wind Ensemble (Ian Walton, conductor) - 7 May 2021
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Concert Band (Jonathan Sweer, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • Austin College (Sherman, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Alan Harkey, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • Blythewood (S.C.) High School Wind Symphony (Quintus Wrighten, conductor) - 18 March 2020
  • South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts (Greenville) Wind Ensemble (David Hamilton, conductor) - 10 March 2020
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Western High School (Russellville, Ind.) Concert Band (Jonah Andreatta, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa) Wind Symphony (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 13 December 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Tom Davoren, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ont.) Concert Band (Sally Lesk, conductor) – 29 November 2019
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Winds (John W. Biller, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel E. Pagán, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Jonathan Caldwell, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Symphony (Alex Wimmer, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Symphony (Elliott Tackitt, conductor)– 10 October 2019*George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.) Wind Symphony (Mark Camphouse, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Symphonic Winds (J. Steven Moore, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Brian Chaplow, conductor) – 18 September 2019
  • University of Georgia Concert Winds (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 14 April 2009

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