Prelude for a Great Occasion

From Wind Repertory Project
William Schuman

William Schuman

General Info

Year: 1974
Duration: 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Merion Music (Sole Selling Agent: Theodore Presser)
Cost: Score - $4.50


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Prelude for a Great Occasion was commissioned by the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Schuman completed the work on June 24, 1974 and the premiere took place on October 1, 1974 by members of the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati. Schuman later adapted elements of the fanfare for the first movement of his Tenth Symphony.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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