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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: Overture to a Romantic Comedy, for Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1974
Duration: c. 7:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This brilliant work, combining elements of the symphonic variation form with those of the large theater pit orchestra styling, was written for the Western Illinois Symphonic Wind Ensemble and its conductor, Christopher Izzo. The first performance took place on November 14th, 1973, at Macomb, Illinois, at one of their fall concerts on campus.

The music is in the traditional three-part overture form (fast-slow-fast) with a warm lyrical middle section set off by a brilliant opening and closing group of themes that are constantly developed with all of the resources of the modern integrated wind ensemble. Although there is no program note denoting how the music was conceived in terms of any specific play, story or film, some listeners might just perhaps find a touch of nostalgia in the long, singing line of the middle section, or in the exciting theater two-step rhythms in the final portion. The only real clue as to what the music is about may be found in its subtitle: Overture to a Romantic Comedy ... and the elements of both romance and comedy have indeed always remained the same, and, hopefully, will continue to be so!

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: I
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band C
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 11 February 2020
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Concert Band (Steve Kelly, conductor) – 11 February 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Nicholas Soenyun, conductor) – 26 October 2018
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) – 24 September 2018
  • Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Community Band/Wind Ensemble (Dale Pendley, conductor) - 15 April 2018
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Craig A. Hancock, conductor) – 15 April 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Summer Concert Band (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 21 June 2017
  • 2016 Virginia All-State Band – 9 April 2016

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Adaptable Music

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  • Reed, A. (1974). Punchinello : Overture to a Romantic Comedy [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.