Classical Transcriptions for Orchestra-Part I

Hal Leonard Publishing recently sent out a national orchestra mailer which should have been received by most string teachers around the country.  They have a plethora of wonderful arrangements from Grade 1 to AbGrade 4 in various styles.  Here are Stanton’s choices of the best sounding, most educationally valid and most highly programmable selections from Hal Leonard’s latest offerings of Classical Transcriptions:

THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO (Overture)
Grade 3/4, W. A. Mozart/arr. Jamin Hoffman
The exciting music from Mozart’s opera filled with pirates, Turkish princes, kidnapping and daring rescues.

TWO AQUARELLES
Grade 3/4, Frederick Delius/arr. Eric Fenby
A gorgeous, artful concert setting of two contrasting movements of unaccompanied part songs by Delius is a rare treat for strings.

LA DONNA E MOBILE (From Rigoletto)
Grade 3/4, Giuseppi Verdi/arr. Jamin Hoffman
One of the most famous opera arias of all time – a musical moment sure to bring a smile to all its listeners.

WALTZ #2 (From Suite for Variety Orchestra)
Grade 3/4, Dmitri Shostakovich/arr. Paul Lavender
A jazz waltz by Shostakovich that is not only accessible by good high school groups but is also supremely programmable.

For more great orchestra recommendations, check back in tomorrow for Part II, or contact Stanton’s!

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