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Symphonic Movement

From Wind Repertory Project
Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel


General Info

Year: 1966 / 1994
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only: $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo (doubles Flute I)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion (4-5 players), including:

  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Wood Blocks
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Symphonic Movement is dedicated to John Paynter and the Northwestern University Band. Gill Mitchell, a former Assistant Director at The U.S. Army Band, played a recording of Nelhybel’s Trittico for Paynter, who immediately asked the composer to consider writing a work for Northwestern. Symphonic Movement arrived in the mail five days later. It is believed that Nelhybel had already started the work, but was inspired to complete it. The piece was immediately popular among bands, and Nelhybel conducted the Arkansas Tech University Band in a performance at the 1967 College Band Directors National convention.

Symphonic Movement is composed in five continuous sections: Adagio, Allegro, Poco meno mosso, Allegro, and Adagio. Nelhybel described Symphonic Movement as “my first composition for band written completely on a symphonic level.”

He opens the work with an eerie and suspenseful introduction. Nelhybel builds the eight-note fragment that will be the foundation of the work. The piece is highly percussive in nature, and features unique material for each instrument family throughout the ensemble. The summation of this material creates a true tour-de-force, with intensity that grows until the final climax of the piece.

- Program Note from Army Field Band


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • New York: VI
  • Texas: V


Performances

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  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Derek Shapiro, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Warren Olfert, conductor) – 4 May 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (David M. Jacobs, conductor) – 6 February 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Ryan Smith, conductor) – 23 September 2018
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Wind Ensemble (Lancaster, Penn.) (Michael Fansler, conductor) – 21 April 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 3 April 2018
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) – 15 February 2018
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Warren Olfert, conductor) - 3 December 2017
  • College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Wind Ensemble (Jon Noworyta, conductor)— 2 November 2017
  • University of Central Arkansas (Conway) Symphonic Band (Brantley Douglas, conductor) – 12 Ocober 2017
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Lance Sample, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Kelly Desjardins, conductor) - 9 November 2016
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 1 March 2016
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (William L. Lake, Jr., conductor) – 17 November 2015
  • The Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (David Plack, conductor) - 28 April 2015
  • Eltham High School (Victoria, Australia) Symphonic Winds (Mark Shiell, conductor) - 13 December 2014
  • Omaha Symphonic Winds (William Hall, conductor) - March 2012
  • Cooper City High School Wind Ensemble (Christopher Schletter, conductor) - March 2008
  • Butler University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (Robert Grechesky, conductor) - 3 April 2003
  • University of Kentucky Symphony Band (Michael W. Hudson, conductor) - 9 March 2016


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

None discovered thus far.