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Seasons, The (Sparke)

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 15:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $233.00   |   Score Only - $32.00


1. Spring Sunshine - 2:35
2. Summer Siesta - 4:25
3. Autumn Alone - 3:30
4. Winter Winds - 4:25


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Seasons was commissioned by the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity and the Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority. It was first performed by the National Intercollegiate Band, conducted by the composer, at their biennial National Convention held in Lexington, Kentucky on 26 July 2005. - Program Note by composer

Following earlier models of Vivaldi and Glazunov, British composer Philip Sparke has taken the yearly cycle of the seasons to inspire a framework for this four-movement suite. Spring Sunshine exploits the wide range of colors available in a concert band to describe a bright spring morning. In Summer Siesta, a rippling figure in the clarinets underscores a calm and serene melody to conjure up a quiet rest by the river on a hot summer afternoon. A solo clarinet opens the intense Autumn Alone, which heralds the approaching dark days of winter, and Winter Winds brings the work to a close as it portrays stormy winter weather in all its fury and glory, but also returns to music from the first movement as winter gives way to spring once again and restarts the yearly cycle.

- Program Note from Iowa State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 24 March 2021


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State Ratings

  • Mississippi: Band Class 6A


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