Van Gogh Portraits

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Aldo Rafael Forte

Aldo Rafael Forte

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General Info

Year: 1996 / 1998
Duration: c. 17:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


1. The Potato Eaters
2. La Berceuse
3. The Zouave
4. The Drawbridge
5. Finale : Self Portrait of the Artiste


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Van Gogh Portraits is a major work for concert band inspired by five paintings of the great Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh. The composition is dedicated to Captain Larry H. Lang and the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. I have been drawn to Van Gogh's art for many years. When Capt. Lang approached me about writing a new band work in late 1995, I suggested this project, he suggested the title, and I began composing.

Van Gogh Portraits was written between January and April 1996. The piece consists of five contrasting movements which share the relationships established by three pitches: Bb, D, and A. The movements are further unified by a motif representing Van Gogh himself, which undergoes transformations as it progresses through each of the movements.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Symphonic Band (Tremon Kizer, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Matthew Roeder, conductor) – 3 February 2016
  • Jubal Varsseveld (Henk-Jan Heijnen, conductor) – 8 December 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Forte, A. (1998). Van Gogh Portraits [score]. TRN Music Publisher: Ruidoso, N.M.
  • Perusal score