Purchase a copy

PORTRAIT OF A CLOWN for concert band

Portrait of a Clown by Frank Ticheli. Hear streaming audio on this page. Suitable for middle school bands, 2 3/4 minutes duration, Grade 2.


To Place an Order Click Here

Hear a complete performance in stereo streaming audio using (& requiring) QuickTime 3 or newer:

  • Hear a complete performance of Portrait of a Clown

Download the MP3 Recording

Read our primer on QuickTime, streaming audio, & MP3

CD: Simple Gifts - The Music of Frank Ticheli volume 2

CD: Simple Gifts:
The Music of Frank Ticheli (Volume 2)

Contains a recording of PORTRAIT OF A CLOWN and other works by Frank Ticheli. Click the CD for a complete list of works

Scroll down for program notes and instrumentation:

Composer's Notes

Portrait of a Clown is in ABA form surrounded by an eight-bar introduction and coda:

The melody in the A section, first appearing in the flutes and oboe, is derived from the first five pitches of the Bb Lydian scale: B flat, C, D, E natural, and F. It should be performed in a bouncy, happy manner, and should always predominate.

The middle section is flowing and melancholy, but without a change in tempo. It contains two melodies, one at letters D, E, and G, and the other at letter F in the clarinets and horns. Both melodies are marked "espressivo," and should always sing through.

The return of the A section at letter H contains three statements of the Lydian melody:

A brief coda at letter K recalls the introduction, and brings the piece to a close.

The piece was scored in such a way as to permit performances by bands lacking sufficient depth in low woodwinds and low brass; therefore, those band directors who do have enough of these instruments should take great care in not allowing them to overpower the others.

Special thanks to Donald S. George and the University of Wisconsin­Eau Claire Symphony Band, who provided the initial recording of the piece, and to Cheryl Floyd and the Murchison Middle School Matador Band, who gave the work its premier performance at the Murchison Middle School Annual Spring Concert on May 26, 1988 in Austin, Texas.

Frank Ticheli


Copyright © 1999 Manhattan Beach Music. All Rights Reserved.

Performance by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Band, Donald S. George, conductor.

Order this title here | ...continue Browsing (Manhattan Beach Music Home) | Special offers

> > > > >