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Zirkus Humberto

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Jirí Volf

Jirí Volf

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General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rundel Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €55.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute II
Flute I
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
Flugelhorn I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Horn
Tuba I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The inspiration for my piece Zirkus Humberto was not, as often presumed, the same-named novel by Eduard Bass, but rather my own childhood experiences, when I hardly missed any circus guesting in Prague. I admired the precision, bounce and tempo of the acrobats, jugglers and animal trainers. And the humorous stunts of the clowns gave spice to the whole show.

As drum graduate of the conservatory I mostly played solo xylophone in the garrison orchestra of Brno. I performed the famous piece Memory of Circus Renz for probably a thousand times. Later, when I was director of the Brno military band, I wanted to write a piece in circus style – and so I composed Zirkus Humberto for band and xylophone.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Volf, J. (1995). Zirkus Humberto Solo für Xylophon [score]. Siegfried Rundel: Rot an der Rot, Germany.