Contrabassoon (doubles String Bass part)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (doubles Bb Bass Saxophone part)
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax I-II
Bass Saxophone (doubles Bb Contrabass Clarinet part)
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
String Bass (3-4 players preferred, doubles Contrabassoon part)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Cymbals (2 large crash, 1 small suspended, 1 large suspended)
- Glockenspiel (2)
- Gong (Tam-Tam)
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
Al Fresco has no programmatic content. However, the title indicates my admiration for the art of painting, especially mural painting on wet plaster. And I have always been greatly moved by the forceful, even grandiose and rough, mysterious pictures dealing with primitive life, war, and pageantry.
The composition has been commissioned for the Ithaca College Concert Band as the first of the Walter Beeler Memorial Commission Series. The first performance was given by the Ithaca College Concert Band (Edward Gobrecht, director) at the MENC Convention in Philadelphia on April 19, 1975, with the composer as guest conductor.
Program Note by Karel Husa.
- Arkansas: VI
- Florida: VI --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
- New York: VI
- South Carolina: VI
- Texas: V
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Butler University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (Robert Grechesky, conductor) - 13 November 2005
- Florida State University Wind Orchestra (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 21 October 2005
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Al Fresco (1973)
- Apotheosis of this Earth (1970)
- Cheetah (2005)
- Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble (1984)
- Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band
- Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra
- Concerto for Wind Ensemble (1982)
- Divertimento for Brass and Percussion
- Divertimento for Symphonic Winds and Percussion (arr. John Boyd)
- Fanfare for Brass Ensemble (1981)
- Les couleurs fauves
- Music for Prague 1968 (1968)
- Smetana Fanfare
- Fullmer, David. (2003). "Karel Husa." In: A Composer's Insight, Volume 1. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications. pp. 71–95.
- Miles, Richard, compiler and editor. (2002). Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 2. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 386–390.