Stratford Suite

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Howard Cable

Howard Cable

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Subtitle: Four Shakespeare Scenes for Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chappell
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


1. Fanfare, Flourish, Sennet
2. Masque by Herne's Oak
3. Ode to Rosalind – 4:00
4. Elizabeth, Princess of England


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Program Notes

Howard Cable composed Stratford Suite in 1964 for a commission from the prestigious Goldman Band celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.

- Program Note by Darrin Oehlerking for the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra concert program, 17 July 2015

This suite is subtitled Four Shakespearean Scenes for Concert Band. The first movement, Fanfare, Flourish and Sennet, is scored for brass and percussion and evokes the mood of the royal court as portrayed in Richard III. The scene from the Merry Wives of Windsor is the musical intent of the second movement, Masque by Herne's Oak. The third movement, Ode to Rosalind, employs only the woodwinds and percussion and is identified with As You Like It. The majestic style of the final movement, Elizabeth, Princess of England, is suggestive of a scene from Henry VIII.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band



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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cable, H. [1964]. Stratford Suite: four Shakespearean scenes for concert band [score]. Chappell: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 103.