Sensemaya – Silvestre Revueltas

Sensemaya – Silvestre Revueltas

‘Sensemayá’ (1938) of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas is a dance of archaic nature rooted in primitivism. It is a kind of Latin Rite of Spring, full of the mythological dances of the Mayas and the Aztecs and based on the poem Chant to kill a snake by the Afro-Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén.

Recording: by Banda de Lalin (E) – conducted by Bram Sniekers.

Full Recording: CD ➞ “Danzon”

Publisher: → Baton Music

Roumanian Folkdances – Bela Bartok

Roumanian Folkdances – Bela Bartok

Bela Bartok put a lot of effort into preserving countless folksongs for future generations. He put his own stamp on these songs.

These Romanian dances were originally composed for piano in 1911.

Recording: (live) by Fanfare St. Jozef Buchten (NL) – conducted by Patrick Spelthaen. 

Publisher: → Bronsheim Music

Preludio to the 1st Act – Giuseppe Verdi

Preludio to the 1st Act – Giuseppe Verdi

Until nowadays, La Traviata is still one of the most successful opera’s in the music-literature. Giuseppe Verdi composed this opera in 1853 and it belongs to the top of Verdi’s middle period of composing.

The well known Prelude to the 1st act has a feeling of impending tragedy.

Recording: by Banda Municipal De A Coruna (E) – conducted by Henrie Adams.

Full Recording: CD ➞ “A Night at the Opera”

Publisher: → Baton Music

La Bohème – Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème – Giacomo Puccini

‘La Bohème’ is perhaps Puccini`s most nearly perfect opera. It has long been one of the world’s most beloved musical works – an instantly enchanting blend of charm, warmth, gaiety, and pathos, brought to vibrant live by Puccini`s sparkling, lighthearted score. 

In this arrangement I did use the orchestral material from the opera to make a large Symphonic Suite for Concert Band.

Recording: (live) by Orchestra a fiati Alpe Adria XIII (IT) – conducted by Josè Rafael Pascual Vilaplana 

Publisher: → Baton Music

Capriccio Espagnol – N. Rimsky-Korsakov

Capriccio Espagnol – N. Rimsky-Korsakov

Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34, is the common Western title for an orchestral work based on Spanish folk melodies and written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1887.

Rimsky-Korsakov originally intended to write the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies. 

This transcription respects the original tone-colour of the piece.

Recording: (live) by Unión Musical de Valladares (E) – conducted by Juan Lois Diéguez. 

(The violin solo is an interpretative addition of these performers.) 

Publisher: → Baton Music

Ballet Suite No. 1 – Dmitri Shostakovich

Ballet Suite No. 1 – Dmitri Shostakovich

Most of the music which Shostakovich used for his Ballet Suites was composed for the silent films in the early 1930ies or was re-used from early opera’s and ballets. This is a very fine transcription of the Ballet Suite nr.1 which contains six movements:  

  1. Lyric Waltz
  2. Dance
  3. Romance
  4. Polka
  5. Waltz-Joke
  6. Galop

Recording: by Symphonic Wind Orchestra O&U, Beek en Donk (NL) – conducted by Jos van de Braak. 

Full Recording: CD ➞ “Dance and Theatre Music”

Publisher: → Baton Music

Alles Vergängliche – Gustav Mahler

Alles Vergängliche – Gustav Mahler

This work is the final chorus from Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony. This monumental work for choir, soloists and orchestra is, partly due to its huge scale, a real “tour de force” for conductor and orchestra.  

In this arrangement the choir is replaced by instruments without detracting from the character and style of the original.

Recording: (live) by Koninklijk Bevers Harmonie Orkest, Beveren-Leie (B) – conducted by Bert Decavel.

Publisher: → Bronsheim Music