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Toccata (Tull)

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Fisher Tull

Fisher Tull

General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
String Bass
Percussion (6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Timbales (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The prize-winning composition of the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award in 1970, this work is based on three elements: a rhythmic motif stated first by percussion; a principal theme based on a 12-tone series in brass; and a fughetta in the woodwinds based on a variant of the principal theme. As the music unfolds, these elements appear in combination, finally climaxed by a series of repeated chords which are a harmonic realization of the 12-tone row. The music is economically scored with vigorous percussive emphasis.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


  • American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award, 1970, winner


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Minnesota: I
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, page. 315.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 595.
  • Tull, F. [1970]. Toccata [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [s.l.]