From Wind Repertory Project
Morton Gould

Morton Gould (arr. composer)

Subtitle: From Symphonette No. 2

General Info

Year: 1938 / 1961
Duration:c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Piano/Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Morton Gould's genius reached all facets of our art, with compositions ranging from popular to symphonic literature. Occasionally, one of his works claimed fame in both arenas. Pavanne has become one of those tunes known to millions.

- Program Note from publisher

This work is named after a Spanish Renaissance court dance, and is from Gould’s American Symphonette No. 2. Gould stated that he chose the title simply because he liked the sound of the word.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

In the band world, Morton Gould is widely celebrated for such compositions as American Salute, Jericho Rhapsody, and his West Point Symphony, but we must remember that in the 1930s he was one of the composers in Tin Pan Alley. One of his popular tunes was this Pavanne from his 1938 composition Symphonette, composed specifically for radio performance. Gould recorded an orchestral version of this composition about three years after the release of Bill Finegan's more widely-known dance band arrangement of it, found on the flip-side of Glenn Miller's Little Brown Jug. Gould transcribed the piece for band in 1961. Relatively unknown by today's young audiences, it is a delightful little swing number for band. The odd spelling of 'pavane' [slow processional dance common in Europe during the 16th century] was apparently intended to steer non-musical listeners towards a correct pronunciation of the title!

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 November 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Craig McKenzie, conductor) - 4 July 2023
  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold P. Jimmerson, conductor) - 23 April 2023
  • San Jose (Calif.) State University Wind Ensemble (Craig McKenzie, conductor) – 18 March 2022 (CBDNA 2022 Western/Northwestern Conference, Tacoma, Wash.)
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Winona Holsinger, conductor) – 23 November 2015
  • Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) (David Branter, conductor) – 16 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.
  • Chelmsford Community Band (Lucinda Ellert, conductor) – 2 November 2014
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Linda Moorhouse, conductor) - 18 July 2013

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