recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist
Finale from Brahms Symphony #1 arr. David Bobrowitz, Grade 1.5
Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 was finally premiered in 1876 after he had worked on and off for 14 years. This is an exciting new arrangement for young band that captures all sections of the final movement. Totally playable by young performers, the audience will be both shocked and impressed by the sophistication that your group will demonstrate in its performance. The arrangement starts with the dramatic slow beginning that leads to the famous theme (bar 10). The well-known driving rapid ending starts at bar 35. This arrangement is a wonderful way to introduce young players to fine classical music. Very playable and authentic sounding, this fine arrangement is a terrific selection for a concert finale!’
Masters of the Symphony arr. Mekel Rogers, Grade 1.5
Familiar melodies from three famous symphonies are carefully transcribed for developing players in this authentic, yet highly playable arrangement. Included are Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World,’” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” and Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ.’” Teaching opportunities abound with this exquisite collection of masterpieces.
Farandole by Gabriel Pierné/arr. Kevin Norbury, Grade 2.5
The farandole is an open-chain community dance popular in Provence, France. This delightful, stylized version by Pierné is taken from his collection of piano pieces for children, “Album pour mes petits amis (Album for my little friends).”
Scossa Elettrica by Giacomo Puccini/arr. Daniel King, Grade 4
Marked by its bright brass textures, energetic pulse, and cheerful woodwind melodies, this arrangement makes an ideal concert opener featuring multiple brass fanfares and technical passages for woodwinds.
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About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.
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