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Passamezzo Antico

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Paul Richards

Paul Richards

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |  Score Only - $30.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (crash and 2 suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Jawbone
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine (mounted)
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Passamezzo Antico is a common name for one of the standard harmonic patterns used in the late Renaissance. This work, commissioned by The Baylor University Wind Ensemble, Michael Haithcock, conductor, is a fantasy loosely based on this progression. Pass’e mezzi, or passamezzi, (meaning either step-and-a-half, or passing measures) were used chiefly for dance and entertainment purposes, where performers would improvise over a steady progression. In written form, the passamezzi represented a sort of composers improvisation, and it is in this vein that the present work was conceived. Considerable liberty is taken with the standard progression in terms of rhythm, register, and, above all, style, as the music travels from the Renaissance to the modern era, and many points in-between. A typical example of the sixteenth-century variety, by Vincenzo Galilei (Galileo’s father), is quoted half way through the piece on mallet percussion.

-Program Note by Paul Richards


  • 2001 Truman State University/MACRO Analysis Composition Competition.

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