Very American Overture, A

From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes

This work bears the designation Opus 93.

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $145.00   |   Score Only - $17.95


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
String Bass
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Nebraska Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble, A Very American Overture gets its title from the character of the music in the work, all of which is intended to be American in style. This very playable overture is highly energetic and witty and it is filled with jutty rhythms and lush jazz harmonies.

-Program note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Barnes, J. (1997). A Very American Overture, op. 93: for symphonic band [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tx.