This work bears the designation Opus 59.
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Bass Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Snare Drum
- Tenor Drum
- m. 122, Flute/Piccolo: the arrival note should be a G, not an F as in the score (this error was introduced in the 2019 edition)
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 composer
Pageant, op. 59 (1953) is the composer’s third work for band, commissioned by Edwin Franko Goldman for performance at the nineteenth annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association. The premiere was on March 7, 1953, by the University of Miami Band with Persichetti conducting.
The composer’s manuscript sketches show that Persichetti had originally intended to title the work Morning Music for Band -- the opening horn motive and the first theme in the clarinet choir have a serene, pastoral quality that evokes thoughts of sunrise. The opening horn call provides the motivic basis for the rest of the work, germinating long phrases supported by chordal harmonies. The phrases are passed around amongst various small choirs of instruments, exploiting the plethora of timbral and textural combinations possible in an ensemble of wind and percussion instruments. The tonal centers shift as often as the instrumentation, landing on a B-flat major chord that transitions into the second part of the work, the “parade.” In the Allegro second section, the snare drum provides a rhythmic version of the melodic material to follow. This section utilizes polytonality with multiple key centers existing in the music at the same time.
- Program Note from University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 October 2021
- Audio CD: North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Corporon, conductor).
- Audio CD: United States Army Field Band (Finley Hamilton, conductor) – 2003
- Florida: V --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
- Texas: IV
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- Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Morehouse, conductor) - 5 October 2023
- Clovis (Calif.) North High School Wind Ensemble (David Lesser, conductor) - 24 March 2023 (2023 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
- Northern Kentucky University Symphonic Winds (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 23 February 2023
- Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) - 18 October 2022
- Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Patrick Forrester, conductor) - 28 April 2022
- University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Sexton, conductor) - 9 November 2021
- Wheaton (Ill.) North High School Symphonic Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 26 October 2021
- Cleveland State University (Ohio) Alumni & Friends Band (Birch Browning, conductor) – 7 October 2021
- Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor) - 29 September 2021
- 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
- University of Miami Band (Vincent Persichetti, conductor) - 7 May 1953 *Premiere Performance
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Bagatelles for Band (1961)
- Celebrations (1966)
- Chorale Prelude: O God Unseen (1984)
- Chorale Prelude: So Pure the Star (1963)
- Chorale Prelude: Turn Not Thy Face (1963/1968)
- Divertimento for Band (1953)
- A Lincoln Address (1959/1974)
- Masquerade for Band (1965)
- O Cool Is the Valley (1971)
- O God Unseen. See: Chorale Prelude: O God Unseen
- Pageant (1953)
- Pageant (ed. Tokke) (1953/c. 2019)
- Parable IX (1974)
- Pastoral (1943/1951)
- Psalm for Band (1953)
- Serenade for Band (1960)
- Serenade No 1 (1929/1963)
- Serenade No. 11. See: Serenade for Band
- So Pure the Star
- Symphony for Band (1956)
- Goza, David. Coming to Terms with Persichetti's Pageant Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association.
- Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 530-539.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 476.
- Vincent Persichetti at Presser Online