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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams

General Info

Year: 1957
Duration: c. 13:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


1. Intrada - 1:22
2. Chorale - 2:24
3. March - 2:40
4. Antique Dance - 3:30
5. Jubilee - 3:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chinese Gong
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


In Parts:

  • Flute II. Intrada, 3 measures from the end, beat 3: F natural should read F-flat
  • Oboe I-II. 1 meas. before reh. 10, beat 1: Add "+2" to indicate 2nd Oboe entrance

Program Notes

The suite consists of five movements related through the use of the principal theme. In each movement a new theme is also introduced, and in the last movement several themes are developed simultaneously. The suite begins with an Intrada which suggests a solemn processional in fanfare style. The following movement, Chorale, is based on a melody in the first cornet which has more than a hint of blue in it. March is marked allegro vivo and is based on a short fanfare-like motif heard at the beginning. After many repetitions it works up to a fine climax for full band at the end. The Antique Dance features a modal melody in the flute with percussion accompaniment. Jubilee is the climactic movement of the suite. Marked allegro con brio, it is written in sonorous triadic harmony throughout. With a few contrasting sections, the movement is based primarily on a chordal-rhythmic motif.

- Notes from “Program Notes for Band” and Gene A. Braught


  • Ostwald Award-winning composition of the American Bandmasters Association, 1957.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: III
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: I
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: VI (may omit 1 mvt.)
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: III. (any 3 mvts.)
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Symphonic Band (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) Concert Band (Chase Failing and Tess Jones, conductors) - 4 May 2021
  • California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Leo Sakamoto, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • University of Northwestern – St. Paul (Roseville, Minn.) (John S. Herlihy, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • State University of New York Potsdam Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) Wind Ensemble (James Popejoy, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Texas Concert Band (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Monday Concert Band (Michael Patrick Halcovage, Jr., conductor) – 26 February 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 24 February 2019
  • Colorado State University Symphonic Band (T. André Feagin, conductor) - 6 December 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson)Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Brian Diller, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • Whitman Wind Ensemble (Walla Walla, Wash.) (Gary Gemberling, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • Solano Winds (Fairfield, Calif.) (Bill Doherty, conductor) – 9 March 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 2 February 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Brooke Humfield, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (Japan) (Frederick Fennell, conductor) – 20 April 2000
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (John P. Paynter, conductor) – 2 March 1958

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Franklin, John. "Symphonic Suite." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 555-566. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Williams, C. (1957). Symphonic Suite : Concert Band [score]. Summy-Birchard: Evanston, Ill.