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A beautiful facsimile edition of one the great treasures of the wind band medium.
The Gran Partita, K. 361 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is widely acknowledged to be one the great treasures of the wind band medium. However, it is a little-known fact that the autograph score of this work, also known as Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major has been housed in the Library of Congress since 1941, when it was purchased with funds provided by the Whittall Foundation. Some four years later the Library of Congress went about the task of preparing both critical and facsimile editions of the Serenade; however, the project was ultimately abandoned. Thus for many years the only available reproduction of this amazing score was a simple photocopy that could be purchased from the Library of Congress for the nominal sum of $11.00.
In 1976 the Library of Congress remedied that shortcoming when the U.S. Government Printing Office produced a stunning facsimile edition of the original holograph, including an introduction by the noted German American musicologist Dr. Alfred Einstein which had been originally commissioned for the failed project in the 1940s. This volume, created in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the founding of the United States of America, was available for purchase in the years following 1976. Unfortunately, over time the supply of copies was depleted and there was no funding for a second printing of the facsimile. Thus for nearly two decades this volume has been unavailable for purchase.
In 2006, the Educational Projects Committee of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) submitted an inquiry to the Library of Congress to determine if it might be possible to garner support for a second printing of the Gran Partita. It was determined that while the U.S. Congress no longer appropriates funds for project of this kind, the Library of Congress was eager to collaborate with the ABA and any interested publisher that might be willing to consider the project. Dialog with GIA Publications, Inc. over the next twelve months ultimately led to a collaboration between the Library of Congress, GIA Publications and the ABA Educational Projects Committee devoted to the single purpose of making this musical treasure once again available to scholars, conductors, musicians, and other interested individuals. This edition is an accurate reproduction of the Library of Congress publication of some thirty years ago.
The American Bandmasters Association is gratified to have sponsored this project and remains hopeful that this facsimile edition of one of the wind band’s true masterworks will be a rich and treasured addition to countless music libraries.
—Richard Floyd, Chair
Educational Projects Committee
American Bandmasters Association