Waltz and Celebration

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. Philip J Lang)

Subtitle: From Billy the Kid

General Info

Year: 1944 / 1972
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two pianos
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.50

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Waltz – 4:00
2. Celebration – 2:30

Instrumentation (incomplete)

Condensed Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-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 Cornet Solo-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Billy the Kid is a 1938 ballet written by the American composer Aaron Copland on commission from Lincoln Kirstein. Along with Rodeo and Appalachian Spring, it is one of Copland's most popular and widely performed pieces. The ballet is most famous for its incorporation of several cowboy tunes and American folk songs and, although built around the figure and the exploits of Billy the Kid, is not so much a biography of a notorious but peculiarly appealing desperado as it is a perception of the pioneer West, in which a figure such as Billy played a vivid role.

It was premiered on 16 October 1938 in Chicago by the Ballet Caravan Company, with pianists Arthur Gold and Walter Hendl performing a two-piano version of the score. The first performance of Billy the Kid in New York City occurred on 24 May 1939, with an orchestra conducted by Fritz Kitzinger.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) - 20 May 2018

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