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Song of Threnos

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed


Subtitle: A Threnody for Band


General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bourne Company
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print


Instrumentation

Full Score
Condensed Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
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
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet (div. a2)
F Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The word “threnody” comes from the Greek “threnoidia”, which, in turn, is derived from a combination of two other Greek words, “threnos”, meaning lament, and “oide”, meaning song. While this traditionally alludes to a type of solemn funeral music, Alfred Reed wanted to keep that mood from this piece. Rather, Reed sought to create a piece quietly but gladly remembering a life well-lived. Instead of focusing on death and loss, Reed chooses to celebrate the goodness and nobility of the spirit.

- Program Note from the Redlands Symphonic Band concert program, 4 October 2016


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media Links

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Virginia: IV


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Come, Sweet Death (Flex instrumentation) (as transcriber; arr. Benson) (1736/1976/2019)
  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Reed, A. (1964). Song of Threnos (A Threnody for Band) [score]. Bourne: New York.