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Scherzo Fantastique Excerpts

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Josef Suk

Josef Suk (arr. Gerald Sebesky)


The original work bears the designation Opus 25.


General Info

Year: 1903 / 2015
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $78.00; (digital) - $78.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
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
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The original version of this 15-minute work by one of the leading composers of Czech modernism is scored for full symphonic orchestra of the Romantic era. This charming arrangement highlights the main thematic material in a condensed yet authentic presentation for concert band.

- Program Note from publisher


Joseph Suk, considered to be one of the leading composers of Czech modernism, began composing at the age of 17, and was greatly inspired by his teacher, Antonin Dvořák. His original Scherzo Fantastique, a 15-minute work, scored for full orchestra, was written five years after Suk married Dvořák's daughter Otilie. The work is highly dance-like and celebratory, and contains memorable melodies, including a stunning waltz section surrounded by the energetic scherzo. This arrangement highlights the main thematic material in a condensed presentation for concert band.

- Program Note from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Wind Symphony concert program, 14 December 2016


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Florida: IV


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