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Stylus Phantasticus

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Kathryn Salfelder

Kathryn Salfelder

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kon Brio Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00; (digital) - $95.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Temple Block, medium
  • Wood Block

Antiphonal Brass:

  • B-flat Trumpet (5)
  • F Horn (2)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Bass Trombone
  • Tuba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Stylus Phantasticus is inspired by Buxtehude's Toccata in D minor, BuxWV 155. Composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) is best known today for his toccatas, preludes, and chorale settings. These works are staples of the organ repertoire, and frequently performed in both sacred church settings and concert recitals. Toccata in D minor is an example of the North German "stylus phantasticus." Seventeenth-century theorist Athanasius Kircher describes this style as "the most free and unrestrained method of composing; it is bound to nothing, neither to words nor to a melodic subject." Toccatas composed in this tradition typically alternate between fantasy-like free sections, where the performer is expected to take many liberties in tempo and ornamentation, and stricter fugues and contrapuntal sections. Like its namesake, Stylus Phantasticus alternates between free and strict forms, allowing for players' individual expression while also incorporating principles of Baroque counterpoint. Buxtehude's Toccata in D minor can be heard throughout, prominently displayed in direct quotations, lurking in the shadows, disguised in florid ornamentation -- but always present in spirit.

Stylus Phantasticus was commissioned by the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band, Robert Spradling, conductor, in celebration of the School of Music Centennial.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Schroeder, Angela L. "Stylus Phantasticus." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 1024-1032. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.