Symphony in Three Movements

From Wind Repertory Project
John D. Stevens

John D. Stevens

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 24:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact composer


1. Maestoso – Allegro – 7:20
2. Chorale – 9:25
3. Maestoso – Allegro vivace – 7:40


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Symphony in Three Movements was commissioned by a consortium of 14 universities. The University of Wisconsin- Madison Wind Ensemble was a member of the consortium, and the lead institution was The Ohio State University. The work was composed over a 15-month period from April 2005 to July 2006.  

John Stevens writes:

“It is intended to showcase the many colors of a wind band in a work of symphonic proportions.  The outer movements open with majestic statements that lead to music that is fast paced, energetic and rhythmically driving.  The middle movement provides contrast with a much slower pace and more lyrical, sustained writing.  The opening chorale of this movement is taken directly, albeit in a different tempo and dynamic, from the end of the final movement of my 1989 brass quintet, Fabrics. I always wanted to use and develop that material again, and this work provided an apt opportunity.

My thanks to Russell Mikkelson, Director of The Ohio State University Wind Symphony for initiating the commission of this work.  I also want to thank the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble for being a part of the initial consortium and for the joyous opportunity to work with them on this performance of the piece.  Finally, a special thanks to Professor Scott Teeple for programming the piece, giving me the opportunity to conduct it, and for his support, collegiality and friendship during our years together on the faculty.

- Program Note from University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble concert program, 7 April 2018


State Ratings

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