Please DONATE to help with maintenance and upkeep of the Wind Repertory Project!

Sinfonietta III

From Wind Repertory Project
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

This article is a stub. If you can help add information to it,
please join the WRP and visit the FAQ (left sidebar) for information.

Subtitle: Rheinfelden Sketches

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 18:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $294.00   |   Score Only (print) - $38.00


1. Promenade
2. Ballad
3. Interlude
4. Scherzo


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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sinfonietta No 3 was commissioned by Roland Recher with financial support from the town of Rheinfelden, Switzerland. It was first performed by Stadtmusik Rheinfelden, conducted by the composer, on 24th March 2001.

In each of the four movements, the composer has tried to capture in music something of the spirit of this beautiful Swiss town, which lies on the banks of the Rhein.

Promenade. The first movement revolves around two ideas that appear in the opening bars, one in the brass and one in the woodwind. These ideas alternate until a short, lyrical bridge passage leads to a noble tune on the horns. These three elements then interplay until the opening passage brings the movement to a close.

Ballad. This opens with a dreamy saxophone solo and a chordal passage for the trombones before the main theme, a chorale, appears on the lower half of the band. The tempo then begins to move forward until a change of mood is introduced with a driving, rhythmic section. This soon subsides and the chorale returns to bring the movement to a peaceful close, leading to:

Interlude. Four bars, which introduce:

Scherzo. This takes the form of a buoyant moto perpetuo in which short snatches of melody (most importantly one from the low clarinets) try to establish themselves. Before they can do so, a tolling bell announces a calmer central section. The quicker music returns but the mood still changes every few bars until the central chorale returns with the original clarinet tune as an accompaniment.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 17 February 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer