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Divertimento for Band


Vincent Persichetti, composer

Divertimento for Band is Vincent Persichetti’s first composition for concert band and is still one of his most popular compositions. The work consists of six short movements (Prologue, Song, Dance, Burlesque, Soliloquy, and March) which demonstrate rhythmic and contrapuntal savoir-faire blended neatly with tongue-in-cheek humor and lyric nostalgia. It was commissioned by the Goldman Band and premiered by that organization on June 16, 1950. Persichetti was head of the composition department at the Philadelphia Conservatory from 1941 to 1947 and later became head of the composition department at Julliard School of Music in New York.

—Band Music Notes


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