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Prelude Variations

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

General Info

Year: 1972
Duration: c. 9:53
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Timbales
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Claude T. Smith started his musical career playing trumpet in the fifth grade, and taught composition while conducting the orchestra at Southwest Missouri State University. In 1978, he gave up teaching to serve as a full-time composer. During his career, he composed over 120 works for band, chorus, orchestra, and small ensembles.

Prelude Variations, commissioned by the Fresno (Calif.) State College Wind Ensemble, Lawrence Sutherland, conductor, is one of Smith’s most challenging works. The composition begins with a beautiful alto saxophone solo, followed by the oboe and then the entire ensemble in preparation for the thrilling allegro. This rollicking section requires delicacy and subtlety along with passion to bring it to its exciting conclusion.

- Program Note by the Oregon Symphonic Band

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Virginia: VI


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Additional Resources

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