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  • Writer's pictureBret Newton

Allegro Ritmico

I've written exactly one piece for the Piano. It's not that I can't write for the Piano, it's that I don't feel, as a non-Pianist, that I have anything really meaningful to add to the enormous library of Piano literature. So, with that in mind, it is only natural that I would take my one piece, Allegro Ritmico, and transcribe it for wind band.

This short work is suitable for a top high school ensemble. In fact, unlike most of my other works, I kept in mind the demands a normal high school would have for a work and limited the instrumentation to a very standard lineup. The changing meter (not typical of my other works) makes for a great rhythmic challenge. The A and B sections are both based on limited pitch classes meaning only a handful of notes are used in either section and all harmony is based on those notes and only those notes. From what was an early student exercise, I think I've ended up with a clever little piece for band.


  • Piccolo

  • 2 C Flutes

  • 2 Oboes

  • E-flat Clarinet

  • 3 B-flat Clarinets

  • Tenor Clarinet*

  • Bass Clarinet

  • Great Bass Clarinet*

  • Contrabass Clarinet

  • Soprano Saxophone

  • Alto Saxophone

  • Tenor Saxophone

  • Baritone Saxophone

  • 2 Bassoons

  • 4 F Horns

  • 3 B-flat Cornets

  • 2 Tenor Trombones

  • Bass Trombone

  • Tenor Tuba

  • Contrabass Tuba

  • Timpani

  • 4 Percussion

Full Score - 11 x 17 - $25.00

Study Score 8.5 x 11 - 15.00

Set of Parts - $100.00

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