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Second Essay

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber (arr. Schneider)

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This work bears the designation Opus 17.

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $19.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed in 1942, Barber's Second Essay is a masterwork of concentrated musical drama with a richness of texture comprised of highly charged and succinctly organized musical modules. The opening theme has a definite American flavor. This is followed by a fugal section evolving from simple tonal patterns to polytonality. After an intensely rhythmic third section, all elements are combined in a huge climax and coda which rounds off the work. This is certain to find its place in the standard repertoire for mature ensembles.

- Program Note by Publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Florida: VI


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Barber, S.; Schneider, G. (2010). Second Essay : Opus 17 [score]. G. Schirmer : New York.