Wednesday, April 20, 2016

More Stealing from the Orchestra

Brass choirs seem to love arranging and transcribing music of full symphony orchestra scores.  This makes sense when one considers that a brass choir covers the ranges of all of the instruments of the orchestra, and can still use the original percussion instruments.  Like any transcription that alters the instruments used, the level of success of these transcriptions varies between composers and time periods.  Music that already uses brass instruments can transfer rather seamlessly, while music that does not can be more "hit or miss."  However, some of my absolute favorite orchestra transcriptions for brass ensembles originally contain no brass instruments.  Below are a few transcriptions or arrangements of familiar orchestral repertoire.

Gustav Holst: "Jupiter" from The Planets.  Performed by the Chicago Brass Choir

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mvt. I - Arranged by Brad Howland.  Performed by Panamá Oeste Brass Ensemble.

 Richard Wagner: Introduction to Act III, from Lohengrin.  Performed by the Georg Solti Brass Ensemble.  


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