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Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (trans. John P. Paynter)

This work is also known by its original title Little Suite for Brass. It bears the designation Opus 80.

General Info

Year: 1963 / 1979
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass Band
Publisher: Carl Fischer, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $115.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. Prelude – 2:05
2. Siciliano – 3:15
3. Rondo – 2:05


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (with optional Celeste)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Tuba, Mvt. 1/m. 9 (rehearsal A): Add an accent on the octave G dotted half note
  • Percussion I, Glockenspiel, Mvt. 2/m. 24 (4 bars after rehearsal C): The printed G5 on beat 4 should be a F5

- Potential errata noted by Wind Repertory Project

Program Notes

This work was first written in 1963 for brass band under the title Little Suite for Brass. Paynter's arrangement for wind bands includes woodwinds and additional percussion but retains the breezy effervescence of the original work. All three movements are written in short, clear, five-part song forms. The A-B-A-C-A is instantly apparent to the listener while giving the composer's imaginative melodies a natural, almost folklike, settings. The Prelude begins bombastically in a fanfare style but reaches a middle climax and winds down to a quiet return of the opening measures, which fade to silence. The liltingly expressive Siciliano is both slower and more expressive than the other movements, thus allowing solo instruments and smaller choirs of sound to be heard. It also ends quietly. The rollicking five-part Rondo provides a romping finale in which the technical facility of the modern wind band is set forth in boastful brilliance.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • North Carolina: V
  • Texas: II (Rondo)
  • Texas: III (Rondo and Siciliano)
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

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  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (Michael Hudson, conductor) – 16 November 2020
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  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Tuesday/Thursday Concert Band (Ramona Shiwbaran, conductor) – 25 February 2020
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  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Elizabeth Hainrihar, conductor) – 13 February 2020
  • West Hills Symphonic Band (Imperial, Penn.) (Clem Rolin, conductor) – 31 March 2016 (ACB 2016 Annual Convention (Pittsburgh, Penn.))

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