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A Festival Prelude

Concert Band
Composed by Alfred Reed (1921-2005). Score and full set of parts.. Hal Leonard Concert Band Series. Grade 4.. Edward B. Marks Music #MCB78. Published by Edward B. Marks Music (HL.6781).

Item Number: HL.6781

Composed nearly 50 years ago (1957), this masterpiece from the late Alfred Reed displays his characteristic style and total command of wind band orchestration. Composed using a single theme and two fanfare figures that are woven throughout, this concise work stands out as a true classic in the repertoire. (4:30)

This recording used with permission from the Klavier Music Productions CD K 11130. “Alfred Reed Live! Volume 4 – Acclamation!” by the Otonowa Wind Symphonica – Toro Ito, conductor.

1 - FULL SCORE 28 pages

1 - C PICCOLO 3 pages

6 - 1ST & 2ND FLUTE 3 pages

2 - 1ST & 2ND OBOE 3 pages

2 - 1ST & 2ND BASSOON 2 pages

1 - EB CLARINET 3 pages

4 - 1ST BB CLARINET 3 pages

4 - 2ND BB CLARINET 3 pages

4 - 3RD BB CLARINET 3 pages

2 - EB ALTO CLARINET 3 pages

2 - BB BASS CLARINET 2 pages







2 - 1ST BB TRUMPET 2 pages

2 - 2ND BB TRUMPET 2 pages

2 - 3RD BB TRUMPET 2 pages

4 - 1ST & 2ND BB CORNET 3 pages

2 - 1ST & 2ND F HORN 2 pages

2 - 3RD & 4TH F HORN 2 pages

2 - 1ST TROMBONE 2 pages

2 - 2ND TROMBONE 2 pages

2 - 3RD TROMBONE 2 pages

2 - BARITONE B.C. 2 pages

1 - BARITONE T.C. 2 pages

6 - TUBA 2 pages

1 - STRING BASS 2 pages

2 - PERCUSSION 2 pages


1 - TIMPANI 2 pages

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  • 5

    Flushing, MI
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  • February 25, 2013 A Festival Prelude

    I have A Festival Prelude scheduled to be played in April so it has not been handed out to the band. However, I have been Conductor or Conductor Emeritus of the most part since 1966 to the present and I have programed A Festival Prelude about six times since it...

    was published. It is a great piece of music composed by the famous band composere Alfred Reed. It is a fanfare but yet it is melodious in it's character. It is not too difficult but the musicians will be confronted with sudden tempo changes which must be controled so that the piece don't break down. Everything must be seamless and the conclusion is quite grand in it's character. It is a good piece to open a program with or to re-open after an intermission. It is a really fun piece to play.

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  • November 28, 2008 Amazing!

    This is one of the best band pieces ever. In my high school we have 2 bands, a lower and higher level. When we were invited to play at Lincoln Center, we chose this piece. I can tell you it was so amazing to play this song in Lincoln center...

    . With everyone looking at you the pressure is on. But we mastered this song and played it almost perfectly. When you first play the beginning, it seems so grand and dare i say, "festive".

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    21 of 36 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Plainsboro, NJ
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  • September 12, 2008 So Exciting

    I am playing this with my college's concert band and it's one of the most exciting pieces I've ever played. It really reminds one of a grand festival. I like the contrast between the majestic parts and the slow section. The brass part at the beginning gives...

    me goosebumps. I love Alfred Reed's works. His works are of such great quality. The parts are straitforward, however the most difficult aspect of the piece it to always convey the mood of it. It is a fanfare and the phrases must be separated in order for the piece to be exciting. I highly recommend this work because it is a classic piece and everyone will love it.

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    Tacoma, WA
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  • October 17, 2003 A Festival Prelude

    i am currently playing this in a high school symphonic band, and i would strongly suggest this to be played throughout bands everywhere, it allows the brass section to be heard along with a strong woodwind allowance. excellent song.

    18 of 30 people found this review helpful.
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  • March 04, 2001 A Festival Prelude

    This is probably the best song I've ever heard a band play.

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