Scherzo for Band (arr. Schaefer)

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Gioacchino Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini (scored William A. Schaefer)

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Subtitles: An Original Band Composition and Fanfare for the Italian Crown [Corona d'italia]

General Info

Year: 1863? / 1977
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piedmont
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

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Program Notes

This original composition for band by Rossini was recently rediscovered, and it was rescored for contemporary band instrumentation by William A. Schaefer. The music, true to its title, moves rapidly in triple (3/8) meter, and must be performed sprightly and gently for the most part. There are opportunities for the brasses to demonstrate that they can perform boldly with vigor and almost immediately thereafter produce dainty staccato sounds. The woodwinds are required to show their technical dexterity throughout much of the work. The music is a welcome addition to the band repertory.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • South Carolina: V


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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) - 13 April 2023
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 9 June 2019
  • Vakantieorkest Ad Hoc (Breda, The Netherlands) (Erik Rozendom, conductor) - Spring 2019
  • New England Conservatory Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 6 May 2018
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Wind Ensemble (Lancaster, Penn.) (Michael Fansler, conductor) – 21 April 2018
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • Southern Indiana (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Eric Smedley, conductor) – 6 November 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Rossini, G.; Schaefer, W. (1977). Scherzo for Band: An Original Band Composition [score]. Piedmont Music: [s.l.]
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 520