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Prelude for an Occasion

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Edward Gregson

General Info

Year: Unknown
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G and M Brand - British Music Publishers
Cost: Score & Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubles piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Prelude for an Occasion might be described as a "curtain raiser". its purpose is to set a mood which this Prelude does by bursting into a fanfare, always a good way to arrest attention. A quicker tempo Allegro moderato follows, comprising a short bouncing figure answered by a solid response from the lower instruments and introducing a lively solo on the Clarinet, marked Giocoso (playfully, merrily). The interval of a falling fifth is important, which then gives way to a broad melody, played cantabile (in a singing style).

Rhythmic bi-play, trombone glissandi and a light-hearted obbligato, all add to the merriment. The opening fanfare returns in extended form, and a final flourish brings the Prelude to a triumphant ending.

Program Note from Printed Score

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