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Trittico (Nelhybel)

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Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel

General Info

Year: 1963 / 1965 / 1993
Duration: c. 10:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00; (digital) - $12.00


1. Allegro maestoso – 2:40
2. Adagio – 5:00
3. Allegro marcato – 2:45


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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Timpani I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam (giant)
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


(Inconsistencies between parts and score may indicate potential errors)

In Parts:

  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet, Movement 1/m. 79: Rehearsal "80" should read "79"
  • Trumpet I-II, Movement 3/m. 53-60: Entrance potentially unclear. Start playing after the cue at m. 60
  • Timpani, Movement 2/m. 44, beat 3: Switch eighth note and eighth rest around so the eighth note is on beat 3 and the rest is on the & of beat 3

- Potential errata noted by Matthew LeFebvre

Program Notes

Trittico was composed in 1963 for Dr. William D. Revelli who gave the first performance of the work in the spring of 1964, in Ann Arbor, with the Symphonic Band of the University of Michigan.

The first and third movements are, in several ways, related to one another: their character is brilliantly forward-moving and energetic; the main theme of the first movement reappears in the culmination point of the third movement, and the instrumentation of the movements is identical (standard), with the individual instruments themselves being used quite similarly.

The second movement is a strongly contrasting dramatic scene with turbulent recitatives and expressive woodwind solos, punctuated by low brass and percussion. The emphasis is on the woodwinds and the low brass; cornets and trumpets enter only at the very end with an extremely intense phrase to conclude the movement. The dramatic character is underlined by the strong use of percussion which is extended by a second timpani player, piano and celesta.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • California: VI/AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • New York:
    • Grade VI: Movements I & II or Movements II & III
  • Oklahoma: 5A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Cleveland (Ohio) Youth Wind Symphony Group I (Darren Allen, conductor) - 1 May 2022
  • H.B. Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Brian P. Dell, conductor) - 25 February 2021
  • Mason (Ohio) High School Wind Symphony (Ed Protzman, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • Boston University (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • Windermere (Fla.) High School Wind Symphony (David Olsen, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Charles Watford, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 12 March 2019
  • University of Rhode Island (Kingston) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Gene Pollart, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • Strongsville (Ohio) Community Band (Ken Mehalko, conductor) – 9 November 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 13 September 2018
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Brian T. Harris, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Joe Moore, conductor) – 27 February 201
  • Henry (Tx.) Middle School Band (Robert Herrings, conductor) – 16 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Warren Olfert, conductor) – 3 December 2017
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Stephen Meyer, conductor) – 5 October 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jack A. Eaddy, Jr., conductor) – 4 October 2017
  • Carlton J. Kell High School (Marietta, Ga.) Wind Symphony (David McGrath, conductor) – 17 December 2010 (2010 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bath, Harry D. (2002) “Vaclav Nelhybel’s Trittico, a symphonic painting in sound.” The Instrumentalist 56 no. 10 (May 2002): pp. 32, 34, 36
  • Cirone, Anthony J. (2008). On Musical Interpretation in Percussion Performance. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications, pp. 16–18.
  • Nelhybel, V. (1993). Trittico [score]. CPP/Belwin: Miami, Fla.
  • Perusal score