The Hounds of Spring

The Hounds of Spring is a concert overture for winds, written by the American composer, Alfred Reed in 1980.[1]

Reed was inspired by the poem Atalanta in Calydon[2] (1865), by Victorian era English poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne, a recreation in modern English verse of an ancient Greek tragedy. According to Reed himself, the poem's magical picture of young love in springtime, forms the basis for his musical setting in traditional three-part overture form. It was Reed's desire to capture the dual elements of the poem - high-spirited youthful jauntiness and the innocence of tender love.[3]

The Hounds of Spring was commissioned by, and dedicated to, the John L. Forster Secondary School Concert Band of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and its director, Gerald Brown.[4] The world premiere was in Windsor on May 8, 1980, conducted by the composer, and has remained a staple of the wind band literature since.[5]


The piece is scored for:


  1. ^ "Strauss, Gershwin and Beyond!" (PDF). Seattle Wind Symphony. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ Atalanta in Calydon
  3. ^ "McIntire Department of Music". Archived from the original on February 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Reed, Alfred (17 March 2015). "The Hounds of Spring". Palatine concert band. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "The Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed| J.W. Pepper Sheet Music". Retrieved 2021-06-02.

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