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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
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II, including:

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


  • Percussion I, 8 m. before reh. K: The indication "Bells-Ch. (Top notes)" applies to the middle system, not the top system.
  • Percussion II, 7 m. before reh. K: The timbales change staves (moving from the bottom stave 7 m. before K to the top stave 4 m. before K), as well as their position on the staves itself.

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


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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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