Zodiac Concerto II

From Wind Repertory Project
James Stephenson

James Stephenson

General Info

Year: 2022
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music (?)
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Leo
2. Pisces
3. Aquarius


Full Score
Solo Horn in F
Solo Euphonium
C Piccolo
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet
B-flat Flugelhorn
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drums (2)
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Zodiac Concerto II was commissioned by a small consortium led by the University of Central Florida Wind Ensemble and also including The United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own.” Zodiac II is the second in a proposed “Zodiac Chronicles,” whereby at its completion there will be four Zodiac concerti, each written by a different composer, and all told, their combined twelve movements representing all twelve of the zodiac signs. UCF Director of Bands, Scott Lubaroff, along with William Caballero and Roger Oyster, commissioned, premiered, and recorded the first Zodiac Concerto, by Anthony DiLorenzo, in 2017-2018.

In discussing this second installment there was no question that the composer to write it should be Jim Stephenson. Based in Chicago, but a long-time resident of Florida and former musician in the Naples Philharmonic, Mr. Stephenson has quickly become one of the 21st century’s most authentic and sought-after composers. Zodiac Concerto II’s first movement, Leo, is written in memory of Roger Oyster’s father, Dale Oyster. Pisces is Dr. Lubaroff’s zodiac sign, Aquarius the composer’s.

- Program Note excerpted from University of Central Florida Symphonic Band concert program, 13 April 2022


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None discovered thus far.


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