Serenade for Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Vincent Persichetti

Vincent Persichetti

This work bears the designation No. 11, Opus 85.

General Info

Year: 1961
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Elkan Vogel, Inc / Theodore Presser Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


1. Pastoral - 1:20
2. Humoreske - 0:50
3. Nocturne - 1:55
4. Intermezzo - 1:20
5. Capriccio - 1:10


Full Score
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In September 1960, Frank Battisti and the Ithaca High School Band commissioned Persichetti (1915-87) to write a new work for their ensemble. The resulting Serenade for Band was one of 15 serenades Persichetti composed for a variety of instruments (other serenades for winds include #1 for ten wind instruments, #10 for flute and harp, #12 for solo tuba, #13 for two clarinets, and #14 for solo oboe). The serenades are multi-movement, short in length, and feature descriptive titles (the movements of the Serenade No. 11 are entitled Pastoral, Humoreske, Nocturne, Intermezzo, and Capriccio). Other Persichetti works for band include Symphony No. 6, Divertimento, Pageant, Three Chorale Preludes, and Celebrations for Chorus and Wind Ensemble.

As Donald Morris has stated, Persichetti’s works for band “represent an important body of literature within the band repertoire ... [he] was a major composer with a national reputation who chose to write for the band without apology for the medium. He did not write down to the band, he did not write ‘educational music,’ and he did not write formula pieces. He wrote music for ‘a wonderful combination of wind instruments.’”

- Program Note from liner notes for Mark CD "Wind Journey"


State Ratings

  • Florida: IV --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
  • Georgia: V
  • Texas: IV


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  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Daniel Lee, conductor) - 15 February 2023
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Christine Higley, conductor) - 7 December 2022
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Dustin B. Ferguson, conductor) - 20 February 2022
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Symphonic Band (Katie Rice, conductor) - 2 December 2021
  • Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) - 30 October 2021
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Campus Concert Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 16 April 2018
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 6 December 2017
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 28 November 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Jack A. Eaddy, Jr., conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Sweet, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • California State University, Bakersfield, Concert Band (Leo Sakomoto, conductor) – 5 May 2017
  • University of Michigan Campus and University Band (Andrea Brown, conductor) - 12 April 2015
  • Exeter (Calif.) Union High School Symphonic Band (Kirk Clague, conductor) - 21 March 2015 (2015 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Clovis High School (Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Esmeralda Rocha Lozano, conductor) - 18 February 2015
  • Marquette University Symphonic Band (Amy Acklin, guest conductor) - 6 April 2014
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) High School Band (Frank Battisti, conductor) – 12 February 1967 (MENC Eastern Division Conference in Boston, Mass.)

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