Symphony for Band (Bilik)

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Jerry H. Bilik

Jerry H. Bilik

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General Info

Year: 1972
Duration: c. 15:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jerry Bilik Music Inc
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


1. Allegro vivace – 4:35
2. Andante – 4:50
3. Andante maestoso - Allegro ritmico – 4:50


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
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (4)
  • Timbales (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An exemplary display of brilliant and creative writing for advanced concert bands. Sections of intense and driving material contrast with lightly textured lyric sections, all of which have an underlying unsettled feel that is both enticing and intriguing, drawing the listener in from start to finish.

- Program Note from publisher

Bilik dedicated this major wind band work to his teacher, Tibor Serly, upon whose system of tonal organization the score is based. Serly developed a new theory of music, calling it "Modus lascivus," after the medieval Latin name for the tonality of C major (avoided in plain son but used in secular music). Bilik hopes, however, that this organization of pitches will "not be audible to the listener." The three movements include a dramatic, highly technical Allegro vivace; a lyrical, reflective Andante; and an exhilarating, percussive Andante maestoso – Allegro ritmico. In 1989, Symphony for Band was selected as a required composition for the Wereld Muziek Concours – World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: Masterworks
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: Masterworks
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lake Braddock High School (Burke, Va.) Symphonic Band (Michael Luley, conductor) – 4 March 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bilik, J. (1972). Symphony for Band [score]. Jerry Bilik Music: Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 43. Print.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 69.