Transcriptions, Arrangements and Compositions
For Symphonic Winds by William V. Johnson
Contained on this website are descriptions of the various works that I have transcribed or arranged for wind band plus one original work and one work arranged for clarinet choir. The Catalog section lists these works and provides information you will need to purchase them for your ensemble.
One of my career goals was to be an arranger, transcriber and, to some extent, a composer. Heading up a university band program, however, left little time for such endeavors. Since retiring, I have had lots of fun exploring the IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library seeking orchestral works that are in Public Domain, works that will have the same artistic beauty and character transcribed or arranged for wind band as they have as original works for symphony orchestra.
During the years I spent as a conductor, I discovered that much of my rehearsal time was spent solving orchestration problems, especially in the area of balance. Therefore, all of the works listed on this website have been carefully orchestrated from a conductor’s point of view.
Recently, while guest conducting in Hungary, I was asked why so many of my works come from that part of the world. That question surprised me at first, but then I realized that the music of Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Kalinnikov, Dvořák, Husa, Hidas, and other Eastern European composers is music that touches the heart and the soul. With the time that I have left, I want to spend it with those kind of composers and that kind of music.
All of these transcriptions and arrangements are in Public Domain and are copyrighted in my name. Both the score and the parts are in pdf. The score is set-up for 11 by 17 inches and the parts are 8 ½ by 11 inches. These will also work on most European paper sizes.
All of the large wind band transcriptions and arrangement have been premiered by the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (SLO Winds), an outstanding community wind band on the Central Coast of California. The players of SLO Winds have helped me to make these works as free of mistakes as possible. In addition, many of these works have been performed by my colleagues from many countries.
My only original composition for large wind band, “Centennial Jubilee”, was premiered on July 5, 2016 by the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Wind Ensemble under their conductor, Dr. Andrew McMahan. I hope to compose more original works in the future.
My only chamber music work is the first movement of Antonín Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 9”, an arrangement that I have dedicated to the nine players of Clarinet Fusion, a San Francisco Bay Area clarinet choir. This work was premiered by Clarinet Fusion in the Davies Symphony Hall on April 3, 2016.
I would like to thank my son, Christopher A. Johnson, for his expertise in developing this website.