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Perceptions No. 1

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J.J. Johnson

J.J. Johnson (arr. Alfred H. Bartles)

General Info

Year: 1961 / 1968
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Jazz orchestra and solo trumpet
Publisher: Sam Fox
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00

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Full Score
Condensed Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass drum
  • Bongo Drums (2)
  • Conga Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Maracas
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Shaker
  • Suspended Cymbal (2)
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


  • Baritone Treble Clef. reh. H: Cut time meter signature should read Common time (4/4). Also change the end of the system before reh. H.

Program Notes

Perceptions is a composition for trumpet soloist and large jazz orchestra composed and arranged by J. J. Johnson. The piece was commissioned by Dizzy Gillespie and recorded in 1961 for the Verve label. The instrumentation of the orchestra is unusual in that no saxophones or woodwinds are used.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Perceptions was written in 1960 for John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, who commissioned a piece for solo trumpet and brass ensemble similar to J. J. Johnson's earlier Poem for Brass. It was quickly recognized as one of the most important jazz compositions written in a large form, and it helped to establish Mr. Johnson, who was a widely known trombone virtuoso, as a composer of great ability.

Perceptions was originally scored for 6 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 tenor trombones, bass trombone, 2 tubas, 2 harps, string bass and percussion. There were also many sections designed for improvisation. This version for concert band was adapted by Alfred Bartles, who has skillfully condensed and synthesized this exciting piece into the new medium.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

  • Virginia: V


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