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Toccata (Burns)

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Cabasa
  • Glockenspiel (Orchestral Bells)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Toccata was commissioned by the North Jersey Area Band Association for the 2007 North Jersey High School Symphonic Band, directed by Dawn Russo. Originating in the 16th century as a style of keyboard writing, the toccata is a type of composition which generally features fast passage work, rhythmic drive and motivic development in a relatively short span of time. Although the definition of the term and the general style of the form has changed over the centuries, the toccata’s energetic and whimsical characteristics have been retained. This composition is a modern setting of these general ideas in the concert band medium.

-Program Note by the Composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Symphonic Winds (Travis Weller, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School Wind Ensemble (Sally Wagner, conductor) - 9 April 2011
  • Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble (Jason Noble, conductor) - 7 March 2010
  • Ohio Northern University Symphonic Band (Charles Bates, conductor) - 18 February 2010
  • Fuquay-Varina High School Wind Ensemble (Matt Edwards, conductor) - 3 October 2009
  • Toms River High School North Wind Ensemble (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 13 May 2009
  • Bel Air Community Band (C. Scott Sharnetzka, conductor) - 3 May 2009
  • Chatham Community Band (Brian Conti, conductor) - 3 May 2009
  • PMEA Region II High School Honor Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 6 and 7 March 2009
  • NJMEA Region I High School Symphonic Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 1 February 2009
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Band (Terry Austin, conductor) - 15 April 2009
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Matthew Paterno, conductor) - 4 April 2009

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