Serenade No. 1

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Vincent Persichetti

Vincent Persichetti

Subtitle: For Ten Wind Instruments

This work bears the designation Opus 1.

General Info

Year: 1929 / 1963
Duration: c. 8:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $27.95


1. Prelude – 1:30
2. Episode – 2:05
3. Song – 1:20
4. Interlude – 1:05
5. Dance - 1:30


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II


In parts:

  • Horn I, mvt. IV, Rehearsal Marking 15 is in the wrong spot in the parts (should be moved back one measure)
  • Horn II, mvt. IV, m.3: Second eighth note should fall on the & of 4, not on beat 4

In score and parts:

  • Oboe, mvt. I, m.41: Half note should be trilled

In score:

  • Bassoon, mvt. IV: All alto clefs should be tenor clefs

Program Notes

The 'Serenade, composed when I was fourteen, built on a chorale melody written at nine, was one of the contraband pieces of the period. I wrote it away from the [Combs] Conservatory, but under the unofficial eye of Russell King Miller. I was allowed to compose this kind of music as a reward for double assignments in stylistically severe chorale harmonization and cantus firmus contrapuntalizations. I poked fun at the predictably academic and often got in trouble with my teachers. The Serenade was first performed at a concert for alumni on December 21, 1929, by instrumental colleagues interested in music after Tchaikovsky. I managed to round up a violinist to play the flute part, a fine oboist, and a questionable tubist; the remaining seven parts I had to cover myself on a tracker organ. (I’d started organ at eleven, as soon as my legs were long enough to reach the pedals.)

- Program Note by composer

Serenade No. 1 for Ten Wind Instruments is written for traditional woodwind quintet plus brass quintet instrumentation. It was premiered at an event for the alumni of Combs College in Philadelphia. Perischetti was only 14 at the time, and although his composition teacher helped him with the composition, it was not a part of his formal academic work. Split into five short movements, Persichetti debuts his unique compositional style of polytonality and unique treatment of rhythm and melody.

- Program Note from Ball State University Symphony Band concert program, 26 October 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights) Harmonie (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Christine Higley, conductor) - 7 December 2022
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Jeremy Smith, conductor) - 21 April 2022
  • University of Indianapolis (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jon Noworyta, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • Baldwin-Wallace University (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) - 26 March 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Ceon Rumphs, conductor) - 8 March 2021
  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Melinda Mason, conductor) - 7 December 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Studies Chamber Ensemble (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • University of Central Arkansas (Conway) Wind Ensemble (Cody Ford, conductor )- 17 November 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Studies Chamber Winds (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Daniel Lee, conductor) - 5 November 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Preston Weber, conductor) - 10 October 2020
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Marykate Kuhne, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony Chamber Players (Michael W. Pettis, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Stephen Lytle, conductor) – 5 March 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) Wind Symphony (Slade Denham, conductor) – 4 November 2018
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Stuart Ivey, conductor) – 26 October 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 4 October 2017

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