Variations on "Scarborough Faire"

From Wind Repertory Project
Calvin Custer

Traditional, arranged by Calvin Custer

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornets/Trumpets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (shared w/ timpani player)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Small Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

First published in 1989, this work from the late Calvin Custer epitomizes his command of orchestration and understanding of musical pacing. The familiar folk melody is stated first by a solo flute, then followed by a remarkable series of variations starting with a brass choir accompanied by woodwind flourishes. An Andante variation features the woodwind choir accompanying solos by baritone and oboe, and this leads to a striking fugue variation and bold finish. Truly symphonic band writing at its best.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: III
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Minnesota: III
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV
  • West Virginia: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Concert Band (Amy Birdsong, conductor) - 30 October 2023
  • Tar River Community Band (Greenville, N.C.) (James E. Mauser, Jr., conductor) - 25 March 2023
  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) Symphonic Band (Jason S. Ladd, conductor) - 17 November 2022
  • Parkland Wind Ensemble (Champaign, Ill.) (Johnathan Beckett, conductor) - 30 October 2022
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Concert Band (Abby Freymuth, conductor) - 5 December 2021
  • Traverse City West High School (Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Chad Mielens, conductor) - 13 May 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band A (Travis Higa, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • University of North Dakota (Bismarck) University Band (James Popejoy, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) - 5 September 2018
  • Bellefonte (Penn.) Community Band (Joshua Long, conductor) - 22 April 2018
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 1 October 2017
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) – 30 April 2017
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Beckett, conductor) - 5 May 2016
  • Lovinggood Middle School (Powder Springs, Ga.) 8th Grade Symphonic Band (Joseph Heiberger, conductor) – 18 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • Marquette University Symphonic Band (Jason S. Ladd, conductor) - 12 April 2015
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) - 29 September 2014
  • East Chapel Hill Concert Band - 17 October 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Custer, C. (1989). Variations on "Scarborough Faire" [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Perusal score