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Variations on Chinese Folk Songs

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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 15:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $250.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $55.00


1. Overture - 4:00
2. Ballad - 6:00
3. Fanfare - 1:50
4. March - 2:25


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mallets
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (4)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Derived from ancient Chinese folk songs, this work was written for a high school band to perform when touring in China. The piece modernizes the ancient music by using Western form. In the 4th movement, a traditional Chinese song is written in the style of a Sousa march. The fanfare movement is highlighted by traditional Chinese drumming.

Stephenson's first work for wind ensemble, this composition was commissioned in 2006 by the Barron Collier High School Band (Naples, Fla.), Kelly Hardman Parker, director.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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