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Third Suite for Band

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: Scènes de ballet

General Info

Year: 1982
Duration: c. 13:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.B. Marks, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


1. Fanfare and Intrada – 2:10
2. Pas de deux – 4:45
3. Polka excentrique – 2:20
4. Danse générale – 3:50


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (all div. a2)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (div. a2)
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In parts:

  • Bassoon, Contrabassoon, B-flat Soprano Clarinet, B-flat Contrabass Clarinet, E-flat Alto Saxophone I, mvt. 3, m. 37: Add mf
  • String Bass, mvt. 3, m. 55: Add mp to the 2nd note
  • Percussion I Snare Drum, Bass Drum, mvt. 3, m. 37: with p sub

In score:

  • Horn in F III, mvt. 3, m. 55: Add mp
  • Horn in F IV, mvt. 3, m. 57: Add mp
  • Horn in F III-IV, mvt. 3, m. 117: Add p
  • String Bass, mvt. 2, m. 80: Add p
  • Percussion I, mvt. 1, m. 52: Add p to the 1st note of SD

Program Notes

Since its inception in the courts of Europe, classical ballet has developed certain definite forms and patterns which appear in exmaples stretching across the centuries. The four movements of this suite reflect some of these universal patterns.

Fanfare and Intrada heralds the dramatic entrance of the Corps de ballet, while a Pas de deux underscores the musical sense that highlights the dance mastery of prima ballerina and prima danseuse.

Polka excentrique presents a humorous interlude. This scherzando-like third movement imaginatively gives the impression of a light-hearted two-step that every so often trips over its own feet, evidenced by the sudden and repeatedly unexpected appearance of individual 5/8 measures in a prevailing 2/4 texture.

The last movement, Danse génerale, captures a vigorous and brilliant finale, characterized by virtuoso jumps and turns, concluding the entertainment.

Third Suite for Band was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, The Thomas Jefferson High School Bands and Band Booster Club of Bloomington, Minnesota, and their director, Dr. Earl C. Benson. The first performance took place there on May 21, 1981, with the Thomas Jefferson High School Concert Band under the direction of the composer.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) Wind Ensemble (Danny Galyen, conductor) - 24 February 2022
  • Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) (James Osborn, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Nathan Conrad, conductor) – 8 May 2016
  • Carrollton Wind Symphony (Jim Moen, conductor) – 24 May 2012

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  • Reed, A. (1982). Third suite for band: (Scènes de ballet) [score]. Piedmont Music Co.; Melville, N.Y.