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Scherzo (Cheetham)

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John Cheetham

John Cheetham

General Info

Year: 1963
Duration: c.3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Western International Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $18.00


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Scherzo is relatively short piece composed in 1963: a single movement for a brass quintet. Since it first appeared it has become one of the standard pieces in the repertory for brass quintet. As a mark of how the world and communications have changed since the Rite of Spring was premiered 99 years ago -- and largely ignored until the ballet was restaged in the 1920s -- the Scherzo became an immediate success and is offered in a half-dozen amateur renditions on YouTube. It is in classical ABA (rondo) form, with a theme, variation, and restatement of the theme.

- Program Note from University of Oregon Wind Symphony concert program, 12 March 2020

One of the all-time classic brass quintets of the 20th century. This work is upbeat and rhythmic. It has a style evocative of old Wild West film scores, while at the same time never straying into the silly or cliche. A cornerstone of the quintet repertoire suitable for any formal concert or outdoor performance.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Indiana: 080 Brass Quintets
  • Missouri: Brass Quintet Grade A
  • Ohio: 573 – Brass Quintet A
  • Texas: Brass Quintet Class I
  • Wisconsin: Event 4855 Brass Quintet Grade A


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Cheetham, J. (1963). Scherzo : 1st & 2nd B♭ trumpets, horn, trombone & tuba [score]. Western International Music: Los Angeles, Calif.