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Trittico (Nelhybel)

From Wind Repertory Project
Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel

General Info

Year: 1963 / 1966 / 1993
Duration: c. 10:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only: $9.00


1. Allegro Maestoso- 2:40
2. Adagio - 5:00
3. Allegro Marcato - 2:45


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Celeste
  • Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

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

Commercial Discography

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

  • 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 (Fl.) High School Wind Symphony (David Olsen, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 8 May 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)8
  • 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
  • Palmetto Concert Band (Columbia, S.C.) (Scott Weiss, conductor) - 15 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 26 October 2016
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 16 March 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Corey Pompey, conductor) – 2 December 2015

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.