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Prelude to Something Big

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Anthony O'Toole

Anthony O'Toole

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bandworks Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This vibrant and energetic concert opener was written for Dr. Jack Stamp and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble, in commemoration of Dr. Stamp’s retirement after 25 years of service to IUP. It has all of the incessant energy and rhythmic intrigue which have become hallmark’s of O’Toole’s writing.

- Program Note by publisher

There are several "Stamp-isms" woven into the music. By that I mean musical idiosyncrasies unique to his [Stamp's] compositional style. These include, but are not limited to, commonly used intervals, rhythms, formal structures, and orchestrational style.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Anthony O'Toole website.
  • Blasko, Benjamen A. "Prelude to Something Big." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 401-407. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.