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A wonderful transcription taken from "The Slippers", the only comic opera written by Tchaikovsky. Opening with a short and stately fanfare, the music then bursts into a flurry of rhythmic activity that depicts the boundless energy displayed by a troupe of Ukrainian dancers. A programming jewel for accomplished bands.

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3014331
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$75.00


3014332
Additional Score 
 
$12.00



"Parsifal", written in 1882, was the final opera by composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883). The prelude is a miniature masterpiece consisting of only 116 measures. The form of the prelude is similar to that of the classical three-movement overture and consists of four musical motives: the mystical realm of the Holy Grail; the Grail itself in the Dresden Amen; Faith, represented by the brass chorale; and the Agony of Amfortas. This transcription by John R. Bourgeois faithfully adheres to Wagner's intent both in key relationships and orchestration.

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3017291
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$90.00


3017292
Additional Score 
 
$10.00



Taken from the patriotic-heroic opera "A Life for the Tsar," in which Glinka presents a tableau of four Polish dances. One of them, Krakoviak, is a fast, syncopated imitation of horses. Well-loved in the Krakow region for military as well as civilian use, the horses' steps are mimicked by a large on-stage band. This fiery dance is an important part of this popular piece of the Russian operatic repertory.

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3015391
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$85.00


3015392
Additional Score 
MA  
$15.00



Franz von Suppe was born Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere di Suppe-Demielli on April 18, 1819. His father and grandfather were both civil servants, and he was distant relative of Gaetano Donizetti. He displayed his talent at an early age when he began to compose music as a young boy, but despite this he received no encouragement from his father to pursue a career in music. He went on to compose many operas, most of which remain relatively obscure; however, the overtures to "Poet and Peasant" and "Light Cavalry" are well known and have been quite popular in transcriptions for concert band and widely used in movies and cartoons. Highly exuberant and spirited, Vienna Jubilation Overture contains all the thrilling elements that are evident in all of von Suppe's remarkable overtures.

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3017281
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$90.00


3017282
Additional Score 
 
$10.00



This four-movement suite was written in 1909, just before the Sousa Band's world tour. The movements are titled: The Champagnes; The Rhine Wines; The Whiskies - Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, and Rye; and Convention of the Cordials. Each movement reflects the country or region from which the various drinks are derived and can also be performed as separate works. The suite was later revised for orchestra but was never published for band until now. An historically important and welcome addition to the band repertoire!
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3013531
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$95.00


3013532
Additional Score 
MA  
$20.00



In 1922 Halvorsen was commissioned to write incidental music for the bicentennial performance of a comedy written by Norwegian playwright Ludvig Holberg. Masquerade calls for a diverse pallet of music depicting ballet and dance scenes filled with silly play and gaiety. As a result, the music is graceful, as found in Cotillion, playful as in the Bacchanale, and burlesque for the Rooster and Grotesque dances. The original Masquerade Suite for orchestra consisted of eight dances; this arrangement for concert band comprises the first, third, fifth and sixth movements of Halvosen's original suite. A delightful programing selection displaying humor, wit and elegance in the four brief movements.
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3015381
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$110.00


3015382
Additional Score 
MA  
$15.00



While not as well known, some of Tchaikovsky's best symphonic writing is found in his operas and ballets.  This selection from his only comic-fantasy opera is actually featured on-stage with a wind band performing this polonaise!  Colonel Bourgeois' well-crafted edition brings this wonderful work to life and provides an outstanding work for accomplished bands.

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3014891
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$85.00


3014892
Additional Score 
 
$15.00



Written for the great Norwegian poet Bjornstjerne Bjornson, a very close friend of the composer, this was composed as a funeral march upon his death in 1910. The music's link with Bjornson is underscored by the fact that it opens with a paraphrase of the Norwegian national anthem. At the peak, it suddenly falls away, and following a roll of the timpani, the anthem is played in its entirety. Vocal parts sung by members of the ensemble contribute to the overall effect and make this a most memorable and moving work.

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3014901
Band Set & Score 
MA  
$85.00


3014902
Additional Score 
 
$15.00