Item# TRK10183A

Product Description

Same piece for saxophone quintet.

This is one of the more famous piano pieces ever written, and is an example of the ultimate Russian romantic composer's imagination and technical mastery of the keyboard.

Rachmaninoff had immense hands and long fingers, such that his pieces tend to be filled with large spreads and interlocking fingers. This work, one of his early pieces, shows that this pattern was early to emerge.

Since Rachmaninoff wrote as many as eight or in some cases sixteen notes sounding on the piano simultaneously, it is apparent that some compromises had to be made to bring this work over to brass quintet. In addition to harmonically simplifying the piece a bit, it was also transposed to concert C minor (from C sharp minor) to avoid, among other things, the F-double-sharps (transposed for trumpet as G-double-sharps) that most brass players would find very irritating.

The "agitato" section was shortened considerably, as it will likely be played much, much slower than most pianists would play it. It is marked at a tempo of 70, but can be played as fast as the players can execute the triplet figure cleanly. Most of that work falls to the second trumpet and horn, so choose the parts wisely. The first trumpet goes to high C, and all of the parts are relatively rangy with only the tuba part being simple, so this quintet is definitely for good high school groups and above.

MP3 sound sample: entire piece (synthesizer/midi).

PRELUDE OPUS 3 NO. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, arranged by Tom Kirkland for brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, F horn, trombone, and tuba, comes in a pdf file of 472K, with a six-page score, five two-page parts, and a license page, seventeen pages in all. Performance time should be about 4:30.