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EuGene Folk music parts for concert band (42) RE: Folk music parts for concert band 25 Jun 07

Melinda: Thanks for the tips from your band director friend on how to find folk music at the Chatfield Music Library. I guess I have been trying to do it the hard way.

Richard: I don't see how arranging even the simplest of folk tunes (normally played on a single lute, guitar, banjo, bowed saw, or whatever) for a full band, or even a full orchestra, would be alarming to anyone. Music is music and can be expressed in many ways, simple or complex.

Many simple popular and folk tunes have been arranged for orchestras and played by everyone from Henry Mancini, to the Boston Pops, Royal Philharmonic, and other orchestras.

Conversely, one of the most beautiful treatments I have ever heard of Mozart's 40th Symphony was by a solo flautist (I think it was Jean-Paul Rampal). Franz Liszt wrote his Hungarian Rhapsodies in two versions, one for full orchestra and the second for solo piano. The Supremes and other popular music groups have arranged orchestral works for 4 or 5 member combos.

Music can be either increased or decreased in instrumental complexity and the real art that makes or breaks the new arrangements is how well they are written . . . and, of course how well they are performed.


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