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Willem van Otterloo

Willem van Otterloo

Subtitle: voor Blaasinstrumenten (for Wind Instruments)

General Info

Year: 1943 / 1948 / 2013
Duration: c. 21:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Donemus
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €126.82; (digital) - €70.39   |   Score Only (print) - €70.64; (digital) - €39.20

Movements (played without pause)

1. Molto sostenuto, allegro – 7:10
2. Tempo vivo ( scherzando ) – 2:50
3. Molto sostenuto – 5:40
4. Molto allegro – 3:30


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Symphonietta was written in 1943 and published by Donemus in 1948. The title ("little symphony") refers to the overall form, the relatively light instrumentation of 16 winds, and the playful nature of the melodies.

The four-movement work – played without pause – includes Sonata allegro, Scherzando, Molto andante, and Molto allegro. Among the contrasting features are the dramatic legato textures; the cadenzas for English horn, clarinet and bassoon; an energetic scherzo in the 19th century symphonic tradition; and a brilliant Moto perpetuo finale. This work is one of several in which Otterloo offered the musicians the opportunity to exhibit their personal and ensemble technique.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 12 March 2019

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