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  • Russian Dance: Trépak – Woodwind Quintet

    The Suite of movements extracted by Tchaikovsky from his ballet music for The Nutcracker was an immediate success. As prevalent as the complete ballet The Nutcracker is today, it is hard to imagine that it took years, and perhaps the staging of George Balanchine, for it to become popular.

    Some of the most memorable pieces from the suite are the Characteristic Dances. In Act II of the ballet, these movements are employed to introduce different residents of the “Land of Sweets.”  Tchaikovsky’s orchestration makes adept use of wind instrument color. This translates very effectively in arrangements for the woodwind quintet.

    The Russian Dance: Trépak ( Danse russe) is an energetic piece for all the instruments. It introduces Candy Canes in the Land of Sweets, building in excitement and speeding to the end.

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 1:15 / 12 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: G

    Score & Parts $15.00
  • See Amid The Winter’s Snow – Bassoon Quartet

    Also known as Hymn for Christmas Day and Hymn for Christmas, this traditional English carol will be a beautiful and sensitive addition to your holiday program.

    Composer: Bill Reichenbach
    Instrumentation: Bassoon Quartet
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:35 / 9 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: B – D (no key sig)

    Score & Parts $15.00
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – Woodwind Quintet

    J.S. Bach wrote the Hunting Cantata, BWV 208 to celebrate the birthday of one of his patrons, Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels. It is a secular cantata which contains the aria, Schafe könen sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze.) This aria has become one of Bach’s most enduring pieces. The aria is sung by Pales, Roman deity of shepherds and is meant as a tribute to the Duke’s beneficence. This arrangement fashions a popular Baroque piece into an effective offering for the instruments of the woodwind quintet.

     

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, F Horn & Bassoon
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:00 / 12 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F

    Score & Parts $21.00
  • Silent Night – Bassoon Quartet

    This elegant arrangement of a Christmas classic provides a quiet and reflective moment.

    Composer: Bill Reichenbach
    Instrumentation: Bassoon Quartet
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:00 / 15 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F – Db – F

    Score & Parts $15.00
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