Ballad for Wind Orchestra (score)

Ballad for Wind Orchestra (score)

  • Composer: Koh, Chang-Su
  • Grade: 6
  • Duration: 11:00
  • Genre: Concert Band
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ZOMS-A093A


Program Note

Commissioned for Nishinomiya City Wind Orchestra’s 50th anniversary.
“Ballad” refers to a kind of European folk song known since the Middle Ages, having elements of dramatic conversation and lyrical poetry. It became a general term for narrative song in the 14th century, and Ballade in the 19th century was a genre of instrumental music in the narrative style. I composed this work with an image of a fictitious hero, hence the title. The work is roughly divided into five parts. The appealing solo line, the 4th and 5th disjunct-motion motifs rising steadily, the rapid-rhythm style sounding like a mixture of Western "Tarantella" and Korean traditional "Jajinmori Jangdan", and the lyrical comfort melody essentially comprise the music.

Performance Note

Though the designated metronome tempo is elective, the relationship of the notes preceding and succeeding meter changes needs to be affectively precise. Where you enter the first allegro part after the prelude (rehearsal number 1) may be difficult to feel. The snare drum's rhythm does not change between 4/4 and 12/8. Three slow melodies appear in this work. Be aware of the varying tempo settings.


Piccolo (doub. 3rd Flute)
1st Flute
2nd Flute


Clarinet in Eb
1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
3rd Clarinet in Bb
Alto Clarinet in Bb
Bass Clarinet in Bb

1st Alto Saxophone in Eb
(doub. Soprano Saxophone in Bb )
2nd Alto Saxophone in Eb
Tenor Saxophone in Bb
Baritone Saxophone in Eb
1st & 2nd Horns in F
3rd & 4th Horns in F

1st & 2nd Trumpets in Bb
3rd Trumpet in Bb (div.)

1st & 2nd Trombones
Bass Trombone

Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)

String Bass

Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Suspended Cymbal
Crash Cymbals


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